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Wed May 18, 2011
Michigan lawmakers seek compromise on next budget
LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan lawmakers may be closing in on a compromise plan related to education spending.
Republican Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville said Wednesday negotiators are working on a proposal that would lessen the projected cuts to K-12 school funding.
Gov. Rick Snyder in February proposed cutting per-student funding by an additional $300 in the next budget year. The developing revised plan would provide $100 per student to all districts to offset or restore part of that cut. The cut could be reduced by another $100 per student if districts adopt so-called "best financial practices."
The proposal would cut university funding by 15 percent and community college funding by 4 percent.
Richardville stressed negotiators are still working toward the possible agreement. Talks are continuing between Senate, House and Snyder administration leaders.