State Education Sales Tax Plan

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The state's education lobby is expected to embrace a change in the state sales tax system as a way to raise more dollars for schools. The Michigan Chamber of Commerce thinks that is a bad idea.

The plan would lower the sales tax from six-percent to five-percent and then extend a one half percent sales tax on a variety of state services that could include green fees at golf courses to accounting and legal services.

Chamber lobbyist Rich Studley says that could retard the state's economic recovery and instead of focusing on raising more dollars, he advises educators to focus on getting the most they can out of the money already earmarked for schools.