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Michigan Senate approves more of state budget plan

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- The Michigan Senate has voted to spend $50 million on tax incentives to lure moviemakers to Michigan next year, the same level in the current budget.

A bill approved 21-16 Tuesday also no longer includes savings if lawmakers agree to make more people eligible for Medicaid.

Republican Gov. Rick Snyder is pushing to expand Medicaid under the federal health care law and says the state would save money as the federal government picks up more costs now covered by Michigan. The GOP-led Legislature has been reluctant.

The Senate hasn't voted on its Medicaid budget. But it moved Tuesday to not set aside about $100 million in savings from Medicaid expansion.

Senators also changed course and earmarked $50 million for film incentives, a contrast to the House's plan to include nothing.

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