CHICAGO — With two weeks left to craft a 2010 budget, Michigan legislators are facing fresh pressure to enact government and tax reforms that advocates say will help eliminate a $2.8 billion deficit and prevent last-minute budget-crunch scenarios in the future.

The push for reform comes amid tense closed-door budget meetings between Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm, Democratic House Speaker Andy Dillon, and Republican Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop.

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