CHICAGO - Michigan lawmakers are considering a plan to divert $900 million of revenue sharing and other state funds, now slated for local government units, to primary and secondary schools to help alleviate the loss of revenues caused by the elimination of school operating property taxes next year.

Under the plan unveiled last month by Senate Majority Floor Leader Phil Arthurhultz, R-Whitehall, most of the $900 million would come from cutting about $616 million of state revenue sharing raised from income, intangibles, and single business taxes from local governments. The remainder would come from eliminating various state grants that go to local governments.

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