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Senate OKs Bills So Cities Don't Lose Revenue

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Legislation making sure local governments' budgets are not harmed when manufacturers and small businesses get a tax cut is moving forward in Michigan.

The state Senate on Tuesday voted 36-2 to approve 10 bills incorporating a deal worked out among Gov. Rick Snyder's administration, municipalities and the business community. The legislation now goes to the House.

A planned phase-out of taxes on industrial machinery starts in 2016 and is already underway for small businesses with equipment. The tax cuts will be halted, though, if a statewide vote fails in August.

The bill makes sure municipalities concerned about lost revenue are kept whole.

One Democrat who voted against the package says it could run into a constitutional challenge from anti-tax activists and worries about potential cuts to state programs.

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