The amount of money East Lansing Public Schools is required to pay into the state-run school employee pension system has increased from $3.2 million in 2010 to $4.9 million in 2016, a 53 percent increase in six years. Most of the increase is to "catch up" on past failures to fully fund the system as required by the state constitution.

Had the costs of the underfunded Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System stayed at 2010 levels, the district could have given each of its 219 teachers a 12.2 percent raise in 2016, based on the district's average teacher salary.

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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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