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Thu September 24, 2009
BUDGET UPDATE: Budget debacle expected to go into wee hours
By Laura Weber, Michigan Public Radio Network
LANSING, MI – State lawmakers are expected to continue budget negotiations through the night and into Friday morning.
Legislators are waiting to vote on budget bills from House and Senate conference committees. Major discrepancies on where to cut and how deep are slowing the process.
Democratic state Representative Fred Durhal sits on the General Government budget committee. He says the Senate proposal for cutting to local government revenue sharing goes too far.
"You have 20 cities right now that are on the list that we're talking about that could go belly-up, simply because of the fact that they don't have the cash-money to do what needs to be done to keep fire, police and the administrations in those cities going," he said.
Disagreements over how far to cut and when to raise taxes could keep legislators working through the weekend.