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Wed October 14, 2009
Speaker Dillon speaks out
By Laura Weber, Michigan Public Radio Network
LANSING, MI – State House Democrats and Senate Republicans don't appear to be close to reaching a deal over revenue. Their divide over how to generate more money to fill cuts made to the budget last month may be widening.
Neither the House nor the Senate has plans to vote on the other's proposals for revenue. Democratic House Speaker Andy Dillon.
"One of the frustrations has been that we don't get any signal from them as to what's acceptable," he says. "So I got to make my people make some bad votes on something than may not survive in the Senate."
Many House Democrats voted for painful cuts to balance the budget with the understanding that the Republican-controlled Senate would discuss raising more revenue. Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop says the House can send as many new revenue proposals as it wants - but that does not mean the Senate has to vote on them.