House Speaker Andy Dillon's plan to help the state's budget crisis includes a tax on utilities, which could add roughly $500 million a year in revenue.
Dillon, a Redford Democrat in his first year running the state House, discussed the budget situation with reporters Thursday at the state Capitol. His plan, which is still developing, will be added to the mix of other proposals already pitched by Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm and Republican lawmakers.
Dillon said more details of the House plan would be available next week. He said a 2008 ballot proposal for a graduated income tax is among the possible budget solutions, although that may not address this year's or next year's problems.
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