Michigan budget

Lansing — Smokers and drinkers paid more taxes last year than Michigan companies paid in net business income taxes — a new development that's likely to inflame a raging legislative debate about the fairness of the state's tax code. (Detroit News)


The state House could approve its budget priorities as soon as this week. Democrats held events on Monday to criticize one item that would fund a controversial deal allowing the state Senate to move its offices to an upscale building next to the Capitol in downtown Lansing. 

State Capitol - file photo
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(MPRN-Lansing) In one of many concessions to the budget crisis of the 1990s, the state Capitol in Lansing was closed to the public on weekends. Now, almost 20 years later, finances have improved, and the historic building will re-open to visitors on Saturdays. 

Lansing — Debate in the Legislature is heating up over whether the state should try to renege on its commitment to a portion of the $9.38 billion in tax credits owed to some of Michigan’s biggest employers during the next 16 years. The looming cost of tax credits mostly used to keep jobs in Michigan during the height of the state’s economic recession in the last decade has become a central issue in the Legislature’s state budget-writing process. For the 2016 fiscal year, business tax credits are expected to cost more than $800 million, taking a big bite out of the state’s $9.6 billion general fund budget. (Detroit News)


(Lansing-MPRN) State lawmakers have approved diverting surplus school aid revenues to help close a $400 million dollar budget hole. The legislation would shift $250 million dollars in money originally earmarked for the state’s School Aid Fund. Another bill in the package would make cuts to several state departments.