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7:17 am
Mon July 27, 2009

State Legislature extends recess

LANSING, MI – State House Democrats plan to unveil legislation this week to offer incentives for renewable energy businesses. But no one will be in Lansing to vote on it.

The Legislature's informal summer break continues to drag on as closed-door budget meetings between Governor Granholm and legislative leaders continue. Those confidential discussions don't leave much room for other legislative business.

Republican state Representative Chuck Moss is the ranking Republican on the House Appropriations Committee.

"As for what's going on in the budget negotiations - I can't tell you or they'd have to kill me," Moss says.

Moss says he has yet to see a plan from Democrats to fix the budget deficit. Republicans from both the House and Senate want to cut $1.4 billion from the budget, but Democrats say that would eliminate too many valuable programs.