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    As the budget deadline nears, the legislators are under pressure to get Michigan's 2010 Fiscal Year budget planned.  Because they need to make up for a$2.2 billion dollar deficit, action needs to be taken in regard to tax cuts, or tax hikes.

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    House Republicans earlier this summer proposed a plan with massive tax cuts and government spending cuts to make up for the deficit.  Their plan did not raise taxes at all.

    House Democrats see a need to increase taxes to make up for the deficit.  Speaker of the House, Andy Dillon, stated last week that he was worried about the budget cuts to the the Community Health and Human Services departments.  He believes that tax hikes are what will be the solution to solve the deficit.

    The House was supposed to reconvene today at 2:00pm to get to work on the budget, but the session was cancelled.  The House will reconvene on Tuesday at 10:00am.  That will give the legislators a mere 38 hours to plan our budget before we move to government shutdown.  Lets hope they can start compromising and plan a legitimate budget for the Governor to approve before 12:00am this Thursday.

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