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Bridge database: How your school district gains (or doesn't) under funding proposal

July 12, 2016 | Bridge Staff

Some school districts would receive tens of millions in additional funding, while many others are already overfunded

How more affluent families get welfare for pricey private colleges

October 4, 2016 | Mike Wilkinson

Thousands of middle- to upper-income students use federal welfare funds to attend expensive private schools. Meanwhile, only 18 percent of impoverished families in Michigan receive cash assistance.

Searchable database: How bad are YOUR roads?

April 10, 2014 | Mike Wilkinson

In the last eight years, roads have taken a pounding, with Michigan spending the least in the nation on road work. Use our searchable database to find the current condition of roads in your community.

Searchable database: How are your schools funded?

May 1, 2014 | Mike Wilkinson

Michigan's school districts and charter academies vary widely in the amount of money each gets from state, local and federal sources. Use our tool to find your own.

See where personal property tax hits

April 19, 2012 | Bridge Staff

Bills that would lead to the elimination of the personal property tax for almost all Michigan businesses are now before the Michigan Legislature. Business groups have expressed strong support for PPT repeal, arguing the levy on business equipment makes Michigan less competitive. A coalition of local government and school groups says the plan by the Snyder administration could strip hundreds of millions of dollars from local governments. The administration says most of those dollars will be replaced by state funds appropriated by the Legislature each year.

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