Michigan Legislature starts approving final spending plan

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A $57 billion spending plan that boosts base K-12 funding and road construction is being approved by the Michigan Legislature.

The budget, which will take effect in October, also closes a state prison, earmarks $100 million for Gov. Rick Snyder's plan to link students with in-demand jobs and sets aside money to better secure some schools from shooters.

The Senate overwhelmingly passed one of the two main bills Tuesday. The House also plans to vote on what is expected to be Republican-led Legislature's last session day before a summer break.

Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Dave Hildenbrand says spending is down in the general omnibus budget because as the economy grows, social welfare caseloads are declining.

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