The vehicle registration tax hike that took effect Jan. 1 is projected to raise an additional $1.29 billion in revenue for state government over the next two years. The annual cost for most new license plate tabs in Michigan was raised 20 percent to increase money available for road repairs. The gas tax was also raised, and some nontransportation, general fund revenue was earmarked for road work.


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Some institutions of higher education have cracked down on free speech. Even in Michigan, universities have speech codes that restrict students’ speech, campus groups have prevented speakers from delivering talks and administrators have stopped individuals from handing out certain literature.

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