Last year, many media headlines were predicting trouble, like these from a Google search for “State of Michigan budget”:

"State Lawmakers Face $460M Budget Hole

“State of Michigan Faces $460M Deficit, Painful Cuts To Be Made"

“Officials Set To Trim State Budget $460M Over 2 Years.”

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Overall state revenue has increased for eight consecutive years, however.


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Renting out the family summer cottage is a common practice in Michigan, and with today’s technologies, it’s easier than ever, empowered by services like AirBnB, HomeAway, VRBO and more. These short-term rentals mean vacationers can find a place much more easily and inexpensively, while owners can earn some extra money. It seems like a win-win. Not everyone agrees. Some in the accommodations and tourism industries aren’t happy with the increased competition and are advocating for limiting people’s rights to rent out their homes. Some homeowner associations are pushing back as well. And while cities like Detroit and Grand Rapids have mostly embraced home sharing, some local governments have restricted and even banned the practice.

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