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Bill to shift school funding headed to governor

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O.k., o.k., we know this one is empty, but some high school students in the Detroit Public Schools say their classroom are far from empty.

A bill that modifies the funding structure for the School Aid Fund is headed for the governor’s desk

The bill would lower the amount of money schools get from the state income tax. That money would go toward environmental and transportation initiatives championed by Governor Rick Snyder.

The idea is, schools will get new money from an online sales tax whose revenue must go to schools.

The bill’s own sponsor urged lawmakers to vote against it on the state House floor.

Republican Representative Martin Howrylak said he didn’t know what happened to his bill.

The original bill would ensure that the wrongfully convicted would not be taxed on their compensation for being wrongly imprisoned.

But Republicans in the Legislature took that bill and made it so schools would also get less money from the state income tax – and that money would go towards environmental cleanup and infrastructure.

“This is interesting to have your bill get hijacked over in the Senate and become something that you didn’t intend it to become,” Howrylak said.

Supporters say because schools will be getting new money from a court decision that ruled online sales taxes must go to schools – the bill won’t hurt education.

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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