State Senate passes budget plan with 2 prison closures

House plan does not call for any prison closures

The Michigan Senate closes in on a roads plan Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Two of Michigan’s 32 prisons would be closed and prisoners moved to a privately owned facility under a cost-cutting plan approved by the state Senate.

The closures were OK’d 26-11 Wednesday as part of a $38.8 billion general spending bill. The legislation does not specify which prisons should be shut down.

The Republican-controlled Senate voted 23-13 for a $16.1 billion education budget that includes a per-student funding increase ranging from $60 to $120.

Neither the House nor Gov. Rick Snyder has called for closing a prison, so it could be a sticking point in negotiations as lawmakers work to pass a final budget deal by early June.

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