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Yes to Public Safety, No to School Bonds: Trend or Coincidence?

August 8, 2013

Photo Credit | Pat Batcheller

“We’ve gotta remember that in May—just three months ago—I think 80-percent of all the school proposals that were on ballot statewide passed.”

—Bill Ballenger


Voters in three communities in Metro Detroit approved higher taxes for public safety this week, while residents in two school districts rejected bonds for construction, repairs, technology and other needs. Why are people willing to pay higher taxes for police and fire, but not school improvements, and is it a trend or a coincidence? WDET's Pat Batcheller asked Bill Ballenger of Inside Michigan Politics whether there's a connection. Click on the audio link above to hear the conversation.


Photo Credit | Pat Batcheller