The Michigan Legislature reconvenes this week after a two month of summer recess. A couple controversial issues await lawmakers when they return.
Republican House Speaker Jase Bolger says a plan to require teachers and some public employees to pay more for their health care benefits is nearly ready for a vote.
"I do anticipate we'll be able to resolve the differences between the House and the Senate and be able to act on that as soon as we meet again," he says.
"We expect to continue that, as well as making Michigan a more attractive state to provide a job," he says.
Republican leaders in the Legislature say getting people into jobs will eliminate the need for cash assistance programs. A plan to cap cash assistance at four years in a person's lifetime is set for a final vote in the state Senate.