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Snyder Keeping Quiet About Releasing New Budget

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - Governor Rick Snyder is expected to outline his new budget Wednesday, but he's keeping his budget rather quiet.

We do know he will not embrace a GOP plan to rollback the state income tax rate, offered by Senator Jack Brandenburg that would go to the rich as well as the poor. The governor rejects the across the board approach.

Legislative democrats have been calling for extra state dollars to restore some of the income tax credits the governor took away three years ago. He will reportedly tinker with the state credit for owning a home and the family income tax reduction.

Some democrats, who gathered to criticize the governor spending priorities, are open to those credits.

"To insure that it is a benefit to working families that are having a hard time making ends meet, an income tax rollback would be a drop in the bucket," said Senate Dem. Leader Gretchen Whitmer.

The democrats also complain that the governor has cut education and his proposed 3 percent hike in the school aid fund is not enough.

Snyder, in his State of the State, said the money he has poured into teacher retirements costs have resulted in indirect new dollars in the classroom.

Rep. Brandon Dillon says that's not true, "Any money that's been put into the retirement system has been more than offset by the cuts to the foundation allowance the schools are not seeing."

"They missed the billion dollars we have put into education over the years," said Snyder.

Democrats also complain the governor cut $15 million from prison perimeter safeguards and while Rep. Tim Greimel says he can't prove that was a factor in the recent prison escape, "cutting positions that guard the perimeter of prison does not protect the safety of Michigan residents."

A full report on the new budget is expected Wednesday night. 

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