In 2007, Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm signed what was labeled as a temporary tax hike, taking the Michigan income tax from 3.9 percent to 4.35 percent. One provision would have reversed the increase by 0.1 percent a year starting in 2011.

But in 2011, Gov. Rick Snyder and a Republican Legislature canceled all but one of those annual rollbacks. As a result, since that year Michigan income taxpayers have sent a total of $4.3 billion more to Lansing than would be the case had the tax cut promise been kept.

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As part of our efforts on government transparency, we obtained data on the compensation of most public employees in the state. This information has been used to fact check claims about salaries, verify data from other open records requests, and hold government spending accountable.

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