Shutdown deadline nears for state government

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Michigan lawmakers and Governor Granholm are down to one week to avoid a partial shutdown of state government.

Lawmakers took some steps toward avoiding a shutdown scenario in a rare Sunday night session.

But there's still a wide gap between Democrats who run the House and Republicans who run the Senate over erasing a 1.75 billion-dollar shortfall in the fiscal year that begins October 1st.

Senate Republicans voted for 950 million dollars in cuts and savings to state spending.

The plan would freeze or cut funding for schools and universities and ax 900 workers.

The House favors raising the income tax rate from 3.9 percent to 4.6 percent to bring in about 1.1 billion dollars.

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