Legislature advances budget, hits pension impasse
David Eggert Associated Press @DavidEggert00
LANSING — Lawmakers on Tuesday advanced parts of a $55 billion spending plan, despite an impasse with Gov. Rick Snyder over teacher pensions that threatens to break majority Republicans’ six-year streak of enacting a budget in June, months before the fiscal year starts.
House-Senate conference panels approved funding for universities and community colleges, after excluding Snyder from “target” spending decisions for the first time in his tenure. Budget bills for the state police and three other state departments won approval last week.
GOP legislative leaders — contending that Michigan must stop accumulating unfunded pension liabilities due to faulty …