The role of government in business and community efforts is often debated in Michigan, with some conservatives questioning whether the state should pick winners and losers. Now that it appears some of that economic development funding is being used as a political tool, taxpayers should weigh whether the spending is still justified.

A recent Detroit News report looked at how three small Michigan communities – all in Republican districts – may be facing political retribution from the state’s economic development arm because their lawmakers did not support Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s budget.

The Detroit News (AP)


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