LANSING, Mich. — Michigan’s Democratic chairman is questioning if Republican lawmakers should be attending a GOP leadership conference on Mackinac Island while the state races to beat a budget deadline.

Mark Brewer says it’s wrong for Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop and other GOP lawmakers to be “partying on Mackinac Island while the budget’s unresolved.”

The state’s new budget is to take effect Oct. 1.

Bishop spokesman Matt Marsden says the Senate leader likely will remain in Lansing Friday “as long as there is productive work going on.” He’ll head to the island Saturday only if the Senate has done what it can on the budget bills.

Bishop is one of several people seeking the Republican attorney general nomination and has invited those attending the conference to a Saturday breakfast on the island.

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