Michigan Senate Approves Another Round Of Budget Cuts

LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Michigan is closer to slicing $105 million from the state budget after the Republican-led Senate passed two bills that would help compensate for a shortfall in tax revenue.

A bill making cuts to various state departments was approved with a 26-11 vote on Thursday, mostly along party lines. Another bill shifting $250 million of school aid money to the state’s general fund to help cover shortfalls there was approved by a 23-14 vote.

The House and Senate appropriations committees gave final approval to an executive order earlier this month reducing the current fiscal year budget an additional $102 million, bringing the total cuts to $207 million.

The bills will now go to Gov. Rick Snyder for his signature.

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