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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Detroit Prep is a top-rated and economically and racially diverse charter school in the city. It's growth means it needs to move out from a church basement and into a new location. Nearby is a former Detroit Public Schools building, sitting empty for years. But, worried about competition, the public school district refused to sell. For years, district and local government officials in Detroit had worked to block public charter schools. They pushed legislation at the Michigan Capitol to hinder them, refused to sell to them, transferred surplus buildings from the district to the city government and imposed deed restrictions on property sales to private developers. All of it was aimed to hinder or even prevent charter school choice outside the confines of the Detroit school district.

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