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February 25, 2021
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(wgvu) - LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A final piece of Michigan's state budget
puzzle still hasn't fallen into place.
Lawmakers recessed a morning meeting aimed at moving forward on
a spending plan for the state's Department of Human Services. But
the state Senate began passing several other budget bills later in
the day, and the state House is expected to do the same later in
the afternoon.
There is disagreement with Governor Jennifer Granholm over a
plan that would privatize more state workers in areas such as
foster care and adoption.
Some lawmakers say increased privatization would save money to
be used to hire other department workers at the local level to help
children and families.
But labor unions don't like the idea because it would reduce the
number of state employees they represent.
Lawmakers have until Wednesday to complete the budget. Some
bills related to community colleges and other departments already
are on their way to Granholm.
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