Michigan lawmakers face the challenge of balancing a budget with a hole of around $1.8 billion in it.
Governor Snyder plans to submit a plan to the legislature this month, and it promises to leave very few departments untouched.
Budget issues are not new to Michigan.
Today, we explored some other difficult times in budget years past with Michigan Radio's Political Analyst Jack Lessenberry.
Michigan Radio's Jenn White asked what led to the deficit we are facing in this year's budget.