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February 25, 2021
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Universities, local governments focus on upcoming budget
(wgvu) - LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Universities and local governments are
among those hoping to get more money in the next state budget.
Gov. Jennifer Granholm's 2008-09 fiscal year budget proposal
will be presented in early February.
State lawmakers recently raised the income tax rate and tacked
on a surcharge to a new business tax. Those changes are helping the
state's finances, but money is still tight.
State aid to public universities has declined in recent years,
forcing colleges to make cuts and raise tuition.
Revenue sharing to local communities has declined. Thousands of
police and fire department jobs have been lost.
The Michigan Fiscal Responsibility Project says the state should
invest more in those groups.
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