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Mon March 29, 2010
MI lawmakers not meeting as planned
By Laura Weber, Michigan Public Radio Network
LANSING, MI –
The state Legislature's two-week spring break is not beginning as planned. Legislative leaders said committees would work through the break on budget issues.
But as Michigan Public Radio's Laura Weber reports, that plan is getting off to a slow start.
Governor Granholm and state budget officials told lawmakers they need to be ready to approve a retirement sweetener for teachers when they return from break in two weeks. Granholm says schools need to be able to make plans to hire new teachers for the coming school year.
Legislative leaders said they were going to meet through the break to make sure the retirement offer was ready for a vote after the break. But it appears the discussions are stagnant between the House and Senate, and at least the first House committee meeting dealing with the reform over break has been cancelled. There is no plan to reschedule.