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Lawmakers Look Back On Winter Session Accomplishments

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LANSING, MI (WLNS) - State lawmakers are heading home for spring break and we asked 6 News Capitol Correspondent Tim Skubick to look at what they've done and not done so far this year.



Lawmakers have been in session for 35 days since the governor kicked things off with his State of the State message. In the address he ticked items on his to do list, some are still there, others are not.

The governor called for $65 million to place every pre-school child into a pre-school program and lawmakers are doing that.

He called for additional spending for those in the K-12 system and lawmakers are well on their way to doing that.

He wanted and got a new office on immigration to entice more highly qualified immigrants to come to Michigan.

The Michigan senate however has placed on hold his plans to divert more failing schools into what's called an Education Achievement Authority. Critics have called it a failure and even though the house passed it last week, the senate will not vote on it yet.

For two years the governor has talked about a long term fix for the roads. While lawmakers pumped $215 million into the system two weeks ago. The billion dollars a year the governor wants remains a long shot although lawmakers, after the break may make a $400 million down payment on that.

The senate GOP leader is hoping his members get an earful from motorists when they go back home.

"There will be some new money for roads. I cant say how much. that's a priority and the legislators will hear from the people back home," said State Sen. Randy Richardville (R), GOP Leader.

The governor also wanted a tax cut plan, but so far he's batting zero.

This GOP senator rejects the governor's property tax cut in favor of an income tax rollback, but hes not giving up.

"We're both a couple of hard heads from the neighborhood," said State Senator Jack Brandenburg (R), Macomb County.

Reporter: "Yours is harder."

Senator: I'm from Macomb county. If I was to beat on it, its better than 50 percent chance.

"Frankly some of the priorities that we need to face we have not dealt with," said State Senator Bert Johnson (D), Highland Park.

Reporter: Whose fault?

Senator:  "The folks who run the agenda, those folks are republicans."

House members take the next two weeks off and are scheduled to be in town four days this month.

Senators are off for three weeks and set for five session days near the end of the month.

When they come back they will work May and June and then take most of July and August off, after all there is a primary election in August.

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