The Michigan Legislature is rounding the corner on the budget this week after pushing through a massive reform budget.
As lawmakers and the governor head up north this week for the Mackinac Policy Conference on Mackinac Island, expect the future details about what is in store for Michigan to come to light.
Among the top priorities on the governor's plate in the coming months will be the volatile issue of the Detroit River International Crossing, which would create a second bridge from Detroit to Canada, a proposed overhaul of the K-12 teacher tenure system and a long-term discussion about how to pave the crater-pocked roads in Michigan.
But, representatives and senators will also be rolling out their own packages of legislation.
Sticking to campaign pledges to lift "unnecessary restrictions" to help the business community, Republicans will be shifting much of their attention to what it sees as cumbersome bill wording and policies.
Rep. Greg MacMaster, R-Kewadin has already introduced a package of bills that restricts DEQ permit denials, which are set to come up for a reading on the House floor this summer.
Another of MacMaster's bills would lift the restrictions on businesses hoping to harvest logs from lake and river bottoms for resale and milling.
"It's about cleaning up policy and helping businesses to do their job," he said.
Frank Foster, R-Pellston, said he plans to shift his attention to his committee work, as the chair of the House Natural Resources, Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Committee.
The committee is currently looking at avenues to keep several rustic, state-owned campgrounds open during the coming years. A total of 23 campgrounds are targeted to close in Michigan because of budget cuts, but several Northern Michigan legislators have signed on a bill to transfer those to local governments if the state can not continue funding them.
Such bills will get much more attention with the budget out of the way.
But, look for Gov. Rick Snyder and the Republican leadership to set the bulk of those agendas as the Detroit Chamber of Commerce-hosted Mackinac Policy Conference kicks off Wednesday.