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Michigan pays 18% less per citizen than nat'l average for public safety

Michigan pays 18% less per citizen than nat'l average for public safety

January 23, 2018 | Joel Kurth

One of the most basic functions of government is to protect citizens and ensure public safety. But a series of budget reductions has eroded funding for public safety in Michigan.

Michigan gives more tax breaks than it collects for schools, government

Michigan gives more tax breaks than it collects for schools, government

January 23, 2018 | John Bebow

In Michigan, determining how to spend the state budget – and who pays which taxes to fund such things as schools, roads, and public safety – is job one every year for the governor and 148 state legislators.

Big government? Michigan's state, local workforce 2nd smallest in nation

Big government? Michigan's state, local workforce 2nd smallest in nation

January 23, 2018 | John Bebow

State government is a huge operation with responsibilities (and expenses) in every corner of Michigan. Paying for it all in a balanced state budget every year is one of the first and most important constitutional responsibilities of Michigan’s governor and 148 state legislators.

2018 Michigan ballot initiatives may decide marijuana, gerrymandering

2018 Michigan ballot initiatives may decide marijuana, gerrymandering

January 23, 2018 | Lindsay VanHulle

Michigan voters may decide as many as eight ballot measures in November 2018, from legalizing recreational marijuana to changing the way Michigan politicians are elected.

Despite low trust of gov't, Michigan legislators have done little to change

Despite low trust of gov't, Michigan legislators have done little to change

January 23, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

It’s a question fundamental to democracy in Michigan: How open and accountable is our state government? On a variety of fronts, the answers are troubling.

100 Michigan Facts

100 Michigan Facts

January 23, 2018 | Bridge Staff

Here are the 100 facts every Michigan voter should know in this crucial 2018 election year, in which the governor and every seat in the state legislature is up for grabs.

Appendix - The Facts on Our Facts

Appendix - The Facts on Our Facts

January 23, 2018 | Bridge Staff

All statistics cited throughout this guide were professionally researched by the nonpartisan staffs at Public Sector Consultants, the Center for Michigan and Bridge Magazine

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