Michigan lawmakers nearly approve $54.5 billion budget

LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Michigan lawmakers have nearly approved a $54.5 billion state spending plan for the budget year starting in four months.

The budget includes modest funding increases for roads, schools and universities. There is less for movie incentives.

The Republican-led House voted 99-10 and 70-39 Wednesday for two budget bills. The Senate voted 22-16 in favor of one and is expected to OK the other one soon.

Republicans say the budget prioritizes road repairs, sets aside money into savings and pays down school retirement liabilities.

Democrats criticize the planned closure of a juvenile just facility outside Ann Arbor, spending to drug test welfare recipients and the elimination of human services caseworker positions.

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