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5:11 pm
Tue October 20, 2009

Michigan Senate sends 6 budget bills to governor

LANSING, MI – Republican Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop has sent six budget bills to the governor.

The bills were passed by both the House and Senate 20 days ago, but were put on hold in a parliamentary move by Senate Republicans.

Michigan is operating under an interim budget that expires Oct. 31, and the governor must act on the bills by then or risk another government shutdown.

The bills cover funding for energy, labor and economic growth; general government; human services; state police; community health; and higher education.

Bishop says he held the bills until Tuesday because he didn't want Granholm to veto portions and leave the state with a deficit.

He opposes raising taxes, while Granholm wants targeted increases to restore funding for vital programs.