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Though business groups and some economists say the budget changes have resulted in a vastly improved business climate that will strengthen Michigan’s economy, critics say the shift in the tax burden means corporations are not paying their fair share and the state does not have enough revenue to spend on needed services, including schools and roads.

“Businesses consume and benefit from the same services that Michigan residents consume — police, fire services, roads and street lights, and education,” said Rachel Richards, legislative coordinator for the Michigan League for Public Policy.

The state’s general fund budget is at the level it was in 1968, when inflation is accounted for, and with more revenue growth, “we could be doing a lot more,” Richards said. June 22, 2018 – WZZM ABC TV (Grand Rapids)

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