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Time Ticking For Lawmakers To Make Decisions On Medicaid, Car Insurance, Roads

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - Back here in Mid-Michigan state lawmakers are running out of time as they return to the capitol Tuesday.

They will have 12 days to finish the unfinished agenda, including some major items the governor is still hoping to pass.

6 News Capitol Correspondent Tim Skubick took a look at that list.

At the end of this week, lawmakers will take off time to allow some of the members to go hunting up north and then everyone will be gone to celebrate Thanksgiving and when they return to town.

They will then have nine days to finish the following: raising new revenue for the roads, re-do the state's 40-year old no fault car insurance law and find the money to fund the expansion of medicaid to 300,000 of the uninsured in the state.

The governor has been in private talks with the four legislative leaders on all this and the senate GOP leader says before he can sell a tax hike to fund the roads, the citizens need to understand this.

Meanwhile the House GOP speaker is hoping to push the no fault bill, but is facing opposition from the health care industry.

Sen. Roger Kahn wants to find revenue to underwrite medicaid insurance which the tea party may oppose, setting up another potential confrontation in both the house and the senate.

The clock is ticking and the days to get all this done tick away, too.

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