Michigan officials project that for the 2017-18 fiscal year, the state will write checks totaling $757.9 million to companies that received grants authorized under one program operated by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, the state agency in charge of business subsidies.

These are actual cash outlays, using tax dollars paid by other state taxpayers to cover checks written to recipients, who include automakers.

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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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