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Michigan Court Of Appeals Clears Up Local Government Funding Requirements By State

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The Michigan Court of Appeals has cleared up some uncertainty about the state’s spending requirements for local governments.  Cheyna Roth has more.

A group of almost two dozen local governments sued the state over how it was funding their communities.  It all boils down to an amendment to the state constitution.  It says the state has to give a certain amount of money to local governments every spending year.  The plaintiffs accused the state of counting… or not counting… the wrong things toward a required minimum amount of spending.

For example, the local governments said the state can’t count money paid to local school districts and charter schools.  But the court disagreed and said that money “reflects a constitutionally sanctioned rebalancing of the distribution of that revenue sharing.”

But the court did say that the state cannot count money it has to give local governments for things the state requires them to do.

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—Cheyna Roth is a reporter for the Michigan Public Radio network.  Contact WEMU News at 734.487.3363 or email us at

Before becoming the newest Capitol reporter for the Michigan Public Radio Network, Cheyna Roth was an attorney. She spent her days fighting it out in court as an assistant prosecuting attorney for Ionia County. Eventually, Cheyna took her investigative and interview skills and moved on to journalism. She got her masters at Michigan State University and was a documentary filmmaker, podcaster, and freelance writer before finding her home with NPR. Very soon after joining MPRN, Cheyna started covering the 2016 presidential election, chasing after Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and all their surrogates as they duked it out for Michigan. Cheyna also focuses on the Legislature and criminal justice issues for MPRN. Cheyna is obsessively curious, a passionate storyteller, and an occasional backpacker. Follow her on Twitter at @Cheyna_R
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