Lessenberry on the state budget, part-time legislatures, and the 2017 Mackinac Policy Conference

May 31, 2017

For the first time since he's been governor, the leaders from the state House and Senate have signed a target budget agreement without Rick Snyder's input. House Speaker Tom Leonard and Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof want to close the pension system for new Michigan teachers and only offer a 401k. Governor Snyder's not a fan of that idea.

Morning Edition host Doug Tribou and senior news analyst Jack Lessenberry discuss the ramifications of this budget dispute. They also talk about a ballot proposal being pitched by Lt. Governor Brian Calley that would make the legislature part-time, the possibility of Calley's run for governor, and the focus of this year's Mackinac Policy Conference.