LANSING (AP) — Michigan lawmakers approved some pieces of the next state budget Thursday, but so far haven't completed tax amnesty and state employee retirement incentive plans that are supposed to be approved before Oct. 1.
Legislators are working to eliminate a projected $484 million budget deficit for the upcoming fiscal year without tax increases. Public schools should be safe from further budget cuts, but other departments will face reductions.
A tax amnesty plan could raise more than $60 million, depending on how it's crafted. The retirement incentive package for state workers could generate $60 million in its first year. Both are part of a tentative deal reached by Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm's administration, Democratic House Speaker Andy Dillon and Republican Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop.
Lawmakers adjourned for the week without final votes on the proposals but still have time to beat the budget deadline.
Many House Democrats are critical of the retirement incentive package, and some union leaders oppose it.