New and veteran Michigan lawmakers are scheduled to convene at the state Capitol today for swearing-in ceremonies. This will be the first meeting of the 2011-12 Michigan Legislature.
The majority of lawmakers will be new to their jobs in both the Senate and the House. The turnover is caused partly by the state’s term limits law, and a strong showing by Republicans in last year’s elections.
The state’s budget problems are likely to preoccupy lawmakers for months. There’s a projected $1.8 billion budget shortfall for the fiscal year that starts in October.
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