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State House Starts OKing Detroit Bankruptcy Bills

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The Michigan House has begun approving parts of Detroit bankruptcy legislation committing $195 million in state money to help prevent deeper cuts in retiree pensions and the sale of valuable city-owned art.

The House voted 66-44 Thursday to prohibit the renewal of a 10-year, three-county property tax millage that provides the Detroit Institute of Arts $23 million a year. The measure's in an 11-bill package of bankruptcy legislation that could win passage in the Republican-led House Thursday.

Democrats say the museum bill has nothing to do with Detroit's bankruptcy and denies voters the right to decide to fund the museum. The Republican sponsor says taxpayers deserve relief if they're giving money to Detroit.

The museum has committed to raise $100 million over 20 years toward the art and pension rescue.

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