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Tue May 24, 2011
Michigan Legislature on target to meet Governor Snyder's May 31st deadline
There’s one week left for the legislature to meet the governor’s deadline for passing a state budget before the end of May.
Governor Rick Snyder says negotiations are still on pace to wrap up by May 31st.
“There are still lots of things, because it’s a very large document, that we need to get through," Snyder said. "But that's all part of the process and it's coming along in a positive way."
Snyder says it would be acceptable if the final deal isn’t ready until a few days the May 31st deadline:
“Passing it anytime in May or June is a big success over our history," said Snyder. "So I view it all as positive. I just like to hit deadlines that we talked about. So a practical matter it would be good to get it wrapped up because there’s a lot more work to be done. So the sooner the better. And we’re on a path to get that done."
Snyder and Republican legislative leaders announced a deal last week that settled many of the larger budget issues including the size of funding cuts for education.
Democrats complain that they were left out of budget negotiations.