Michigan lawmakers are struggling to come up with a compromise plan aimed at saving schools money by persuading thousands of older employees to retire.
The Republican-led Senate and Democrat-led House ended voting Thursday without reaching a deal. Leaders in both chambers said they would continue to negotiate in hopes of reaching a deal as soon as possible.
The Legislature isn't scheduled to come back for voting sessions until Tuesday.
Lawmakers were trying to wrap up the retirement plan this month.
Canada has promised it will pay Michigan's share of the cost of building a new Detroit-to-Windsor international bridge if that will get the project moving.
AUDIO: Progress in the Legislature on building a new bridge has been very slow, and the potential cost to taxpayers has been a big argument. Governor Granholm says Canada's pledge of up to $550 million should end that fight.
Gov. Jennifer Granholm says Canada is prepared to increase its financial stake in a proposed international bridge across the Detroit River.
Granholm told state lawmakers Thursday the Canadian government would offer up to $550 million for project components in Michigan. Those elements wouldn't be funded by the U.S. government or the public-private partnership seeking to build the bridge.
Granholm said the offer removes the financial risk for the state in the $5.3 billion project. Canada would expect repayments from anticipated toll revenues.
The Legislature has completed work on a ban on texting while driving. But as Michigan Public Radio's Laura Weber reports, the measure was almost derailed over a last-minute controversy that spurred debate among lawmakers.
Senate Republicans have carried out their threat to start rejecting appointments by Governor Granholm for positions with terms that begin next year. On Wednesday, the Senate rejected 15 appointments by the governor to university boards.
AUDIO: Senate Republican leaders say appointments that begin next year should be reserved for the next governor.
House Speaker Andy Dillon has filed 30,000 petition signatures to get on the Democratic gubernatorial ballot.
Dillon's campaign turned in the petitions Wednesday to the secretary of state. Candidates must have at least 15,000 valid signatures to qualify for the Aug. 3 primary ballot.
Dillon's Democratic rivals, Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero and state Rep. Alma Wheeler Smith, haven't turned in petitions yet. Attorney Geoffrey Fieger plans to decide later this week if he'll enter the race.
Michigan State Police deputy director Eddie Washington Jr. will take over the agency's top job next month when Col. Peter Munoz leaves to become a U.S. marshal.
Gov. Jennifer Granholm announced the appointment Wednesday. It takes effect May 23.
As deputy director, Washington is commander of the Field Services Bureau, overseeing two regions of the state as well as divisions dealing with criminal investigation, traffic safety and special operations.
East Lansing, MI – The city of East Lansing is hosting a public forum on its proposed 2011 budget tonight. The event is one of the last opportunities for public input before the city enacts a new spending plan on July 1.
East Lansing officials have been meeting with residents since February in an effort to explain the city's financial picture. By shedding $2 million from its current budget, the city scaled back community events and reduced police and fire staffing.