LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- It should be a busy day in the Michigan Legislature as lawmakers scramble to pass a new state spending plan.
The House and Senate reconvened this morning. Lawmakers will have less than two days to pass a balanced budget before a Thursday deadline.
The state faces a projected $2.8 billion shortfall in the upcoming fiscal year. More than half the hole will be filled by money from the federal Recovery Act.
Lawmakers are trying to make at least $1.2 billion in spending cuts. But some Democrats likely will push for tax increases to save the Michigan Promise college scholarship and avoid cuts in other programs affecting law enforcement and health care.
Legislative leaders say they can meet the budget deadline. Lawmakers also could pass an interim budget.