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      Michigan Legislature passes $49 billion spending plan

      The Michigan Legislature has given final approval to a nearly $49 billion spending plan for the fiscal year that starts in about four months. A major budget bill passed 24-14 by the Republican-led Senate Tuesday doesn't include a permanent boost in road funding or Gov. Rick Snyder's call to expand government-funded health insurance to more poor residents. The Republican governor is still pushing his initiatives but is expected to sign the budget. The plan does include a one-time influx of hundreds of millions of dollars to fix deteriorating roads. It also increases state aid to local governments, makes more low-income kids eligible for dental care and calls for privatization of more prison services. The measure approved Tuesday covers all non-education spending. Education funding was approved by lawmakers last week.