Snyder, lawmakers close to deal on budget framework

LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Gov. Rick Snyder and Republican lawmakers are close to agreeing on a framework for Michigan’s next state budget.

They already have signaled their intent to pump hundreds of millions of general funds into road improvements for the third straight year because traditional fuel taxes and vehicle registration fees are not generating enough revenue.

The “target” deal likely will resolve differences over university operations funding, how much to save for later and whether to continue spending to entice moviemaking in Michigan.

The House wants to end $50 million in annual film and TV incentives in the fiscal year starting this October.

Once the deal is struck as early as Wednesday, legislative committees will try to resolve sticking points in individual budgets such as K-12 spending by early June.

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