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Michigan Legislature to Start Passing Budget Plans

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan lawmakers are taking significant steps toward passing the next state budget, expected to total about $48 billion.

The Republican-controlled House on Wednesday approved all spending for schools and colleges, which would get an overall 2 percent funding boost. Democrats said it's not enough.

The House also passed a budget for the rest of state government along party lines.

The GOP-led Senate was approving about half its budget plan, with plans to complete the rest next week.

The moves set the stage for negotiations in May with a goal of finishing by June. Republicans so far have no plans to back Gov. Rick Snyder's call to make more residents eligible for government-funded health insurance. They also oppose his calls for higher gasoline taxes and license plate fees to maintain roads.

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