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Michigan Legislature Starts New Session Wednesday

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Republicans leading the new Michigan Legislature are unlikely to match the historic breadth of action taken in the last two years.

The two-year session begins Wednesday with swearings-in and other ceremonial functions. Major work isn't expected to get started until Republican Governor Rick Snyder proposes a budget in February.

Republicans continue to control both the House and Senate.

The December drive to make Michigan a right-to-work state could stand alone as a monumental accomplishment for the GOP.

But Republicans also slashed business taxes, overhauled public school teachers' pension system and gave the state more power over financially struggling cities and school districts.

Experts expect the GOP to consolidate its gains and tackle fewer major initiatives before the 2014 election. Big items on the agenda include road funding and education changes.

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