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Tue June 23, 2009
Michigan lawmakers debate college scholarship cash
LANSING, MI – The Michigan Senate has passed a bill that would eliminate funding for a state-sponsored college scholarship program but keep debate about the program alive.
The Republican-led chamber's version of the higher education bill passed 19-17 Tuesday eliminates money for the Michigan Promise scholarship for the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1. But it keeps a placeholder for the program in the bill in case lawmakers figure out a way to at least partially fund the scholarships.
About 96,000 students are expecting money from the program this
The higher education bill now returns to the Democratic-led House.
Eliminating the program would save the cash-strapped state about $140 million.