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BUDGET BLUES
(2007-11-12)
(wgvu) - THE LEGISLATURE'S MONTHS-LONG FOCUS ON
MICHIGAN'S BUDGET CRISIS HAS OVERSHADOWED EFFORTS TO DO MUCH OF
ANYTHING ELSE.
MOST LEGISLATION CONCERNING ENERGY, THE ENVIRONMENT, HEALTH CARE
AND OTHER ISSUES NOT DIRECTLY LINKED TO THE BUDGET OR TAXES HAS
BEEN STALLED FOR MORE THAN 10 MONTHS.
LAWMAKERS COULD BEGIN MOVING FASTER ON SOME NON-BUDGET ISSUES
LATER THIS MONTH.
MICHIGAN BUDGET DEBATES ARE TYPICALLY WRAPPED UP BY JULY OR
AUGUST. BUT AS OF NOW, LAWMAKERS STILL HAVEN'T FINISHED THE JOB FOR
THE FISCAL YEAR THAT BEGAN OCTOBER FIRST.
THEY STILL HAVEN'T PASSED FINAL LEGISLATION THAT WOULD GET RID
OF A RECENTLY-ADOPTED BUT UNPOPULAR TAX ON A WIDE RANGE OF SERVICES
-- OR REPLACE THE MONEY IT WAS MEANT TO RAISE.
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