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For the Record

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A Democratic state senator suggested in a committee hearing this week that Michigan should not lower its income tax rate because higher-taxed states are experiencing faster economic growth. … more
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Oakland County Sheriff's department receives 1,600 plus open records requests a year and has one employee making $48,724 a year processing them. At the University of Michigan, it's a different story. … more
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