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As cash-strapped government looks to cigarettes for tax revenue, the public responds by more illegally transporting smokes across state borders. Smugglers and thieves target stores and businesses and the benefits to state coiffures and public health are questionable.

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For the Record

State Rep. Rose Mary Robinson said she would vote against the state's film subsidies. She followed through and by doing so stood against every other Democrat. … more
A Michigan Education Association union teacher told another teacher who he disagreed with to "Go to hell" in a letter posted on a union-backed website. The profane teacher also made claims of the state legislature defunding education. He's wrong. … more
A school official at Warren Consolidated Schools says it has "comparatively low" administrative costs. But not if you compare it to other school districts in that county. … more
The state's corporate welfare agency claims that every tax incentive they hand out creates new jobs. Except, most of the jobs never happen. … more
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation wants to take credit for stopping the Ford Motor Co. from taking every one of its estimated 40,000 jobs in the state and leaving over two tax credits. … more
A public policy expert says eliminating the state's Earned Income Tax Credit and using that money for roads is akin to filling up the Grand Canyon with a bucket. That's a bucket of cash large enough to hold Lake Erie. … more
The government's rules and regulations are in the Code of Federal Regulations, which is 103 million words. A report states it would take 5,727 hours to read it all. … more
State reformers keeping throwing money at Detroit Public Schools' problems. But that hasn't worked in the past. … more
A Detroit Free Press editorial claims unemployment in Michigan has "creeped down at alarmingly slow rates." But a chart says otherwise. … more
The statewide news service MLive has sent mixed messages in its reporting on Michigan public school funding issues, appearing to cite conflicting data to match the conclusions of different stories or editorials. … more