State Budget + Taxes

Leaders grade gov. speech on jobs, auto insurance, education and more

There was no shortage of people giving their takes on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's first State of the State speech on Tuesday night, including the...

How 25 years of charter schools have changed Detroit

Charter schools have been a part of Michigan’s educational landscape for the last quarter-century. While they still inspire intense debate to this day, there’s...

Gov. to skip SOS happy talk tradition, focus on roads, schools

Michiganders have come to expect that once a year, their governor will appear on TV and put a happy face on the state of...

Dems try to ax tampon tax again

Michigan could become the 11th state to eliminate the tax on feminine hygiene products if legislation introduced this week is signed into law. State Reps. Brian...

Susan J. Demas: GOP’s 2018 pork-laden spending spree wounds Whitmer’s plans

Can we just end the myth of fiscally responsible Republicans once and for all? It’s bad enough that in 2017, President Trump and his GOP...

Whitmer rips GOP Lame Duck spending bill

As Gov. Gretchen Whitmer prepares to unveil her first budget in March, she said on Friday that she feels hamstrung by a last-minute spending...

As local governments lose millions from ‘dark stores,’ legislators seek fix

What could local governments do with an extra $100 million? They could hire more police officers, build trails, fix up parks, offer programs for...

Ex-Michigan legislators want to triple gas tax to fix roads

Updated at 5:50 p.m. with Senate Majority Leader Shirkey's comment A bipartisan group of former Michigan legislators is calling on the state’s current crop of...

Engler’s 1991 tax cut: ‘Robin Hood in reverse’

When Gov. John Engler offered his first tax cut proposal to the Michigan Legislature on this day in 1991 — which chopped $4.2 billion...

MSU study: Michigan school funding lower now than 25 years ago

Some 25 years after Michigan dramatically changed how it funds its public schools, a new study suggests that financial investment has declined more sharply...

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