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Wed September 30, 2009
BUDGET UPDATE: Gov asking for temp budget; House may restore Promise
By Rick Pluta, Michigan Public Radio Network
LANSING, MI – Governor Granholm is calling on the state Senate to send her a temporary budget right away while the Legislature continues working toward tonight's midnight deadline. The House approved the budget this morning. It's waiting now on a procedural vote in the state Senate. Senate Republican leaders would prefer not to give the governor that kind of leverage in what they hope are the final hours of the budget debate.
Also, the state House is poised to vote on a bill that would restore funding for the Michigan Promise college scholarship, and reduce cuts to local governments. But House Democratic leaders still have not identified where the money would come from. The House has been deadlocked on budgets for weeks now. There have not been enough votes for big budget cuts, and not enough votes for new taxes and fees.
WE'LL HAVE MORE on the state budget process later today. Check this website and listen to All Things Considered starting at 4 p.m. on 90.5 WKAR.