GRAND RAPIDS—Conference committees for the Michigan House and Senate met Sunday to hash out elements of a new budget, but the full legislature will not meet until Tuesday.
In the next 74 hours they have to figure out a way to solve a $2.8 billion budget shortfall.
Republican Senator Mark Jansen spent some time visiting his son at Calvin College.
"We had scheduled session for today," said Jansen.
Democratic Representative Roy Schmidt got a call this morning from members of his party telling him to stay home.
"I planned on not coming back until the budget was settled," said Schmidt.
For the past several weeks, much of the negotiating has been going on behind closed doors between party leaders Republican Mike Bishop and Democrat Andy Dillon.
This, during the GOP Leadership Conference this weekend on Mackinac Island.
"Every indication, even though they've been on a trip up north," said Schmidt. "I really believe they've been on the phone and in constant contact and that's what I've heard from my leaders."
The senate passed a continuation budget on Friday, a one-month extension.
It's a version of what was agreed on by Bishop and Dillon.
"We have to keep the government going, we have to make the cuts," said Jansen. "They agreed to that, that's where we thought we were going to make sure we didn't shut down on October first."
The big cuts include money that's shared with local government for things like police and fire.
The public schools would take about a three percent cut.
But perhaps the toughest cut many feel would be to Medicaid, money that's crucial to the poor and elderly.
Though Schmidt says in the end, he's being told the ax will fall somewhere else.
"I don't think they're going to be cut and I think Senator Bishop, the leader knows that," said Schmidt. "And I think they've worked an agreement to let the votes come out on those items."
That means they'll need to find additional revenue, which could mean some sort of tax increase. Schmidt wouldn't say where the money would come from.
Monday is Yom Kippur, a Jewish holiday. So both the House and Senate are scheduled to be in session on Tuesday.
They're anticipated to work into the night.