Michigan Senate OKs $58B budget at odds with Whitmer

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Republican-led Michigan Senate has passed a $58 billion budget plan that is at odds with Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s proposal, primarily over road and education funding.

The legislation approved Wednesday is another step in the process as lawmakers and Whitmer work to enact a spending plan for the next fiscal year.

Senate Republicans and Democrats were in agreement on many bills, but diverged on big sticking points such as spending billions more on roads and how to divvy up funding for K-12 schools.

The Republican-led Legislature has not embraced Whitmer’s proposed 45-cents-a-gallon fuel tax hike, and budget talks could extend into the summer months.

The House could vote on its budget plan in coming weeks.

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