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LANSING, Mich. (WOOD) - Majority Republicans passed their version of a budget for the next fiscal year Wednesday, but the process of putting a budget in place is far from over.
The budget process has been much different in the last couple of years, not only in the speed with which the spending plans are dealt, but also the manner. There are two basic bills. One that deals with all of government with the exception of K-12 education. The second deals with schools.
Democrats have complained that Republicans have not dealt with important issues -- particularly education -- in an effective way.
Both sides know that the House's approval of a proposal was only the next step in reaching an agreement.
"Certainly, the process isn't over. We know that the Senate as their own version. The governor has his own version," said Rep. Joe Haveman (R-Holland), the chair of the House Appropriations Committee.
He said the next step will be to come to a compromise among the proposals to move forward with a single budget plan.
Rep. Brandon Dillon (D-Grand Rapids) said he thinks the state needs to reconsider Medicaid expansion and accepting federal health care dollars.
"Right now, I think the budget is not something worthy of support," Dillon said.
What the final agreement looks like is still open to debate. This is currently no solid financing for the governor's $1.2-billion road proposal. Medicaid expansion could be a sticking point.
Finally, virtually all of the budgets will have to be reconciled. That's expected to happen by late next month.
The new fiscal year starts Oct. 1.
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