Unfinished Higher Ed Budget Means Missed Deadline

LANSING (AP) – Michigan lawmakers are going to miss their self-imposed June 1 deadline to complete the 2012-13 state budget because Republicans can’t agree on how to split up $36 million in university funding.

Other portions of the budget that aren’t tied to education passed the House and Senate Thursday and are headed to Gov. Rick Snyder for his signature.

A deal was worked out earlier in the day on the $12.9 billion budget for public schools, but negotiations continued on the higher education budget for the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1. A deal could be announced when the conference committee meets Friday.
Lawmakers plan to complete work on the budget next week.

Last year was the first time in three decades that lawmakers passed the entire budget by June 1.

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