CHICAGO -- A Michigan taxpayers group has filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a new state law that forces wealthy school districts to share a portion of their property tax revenues with poorer districts.

The Macomb County Taxpayers Association in charging that the law, enacted last month, violates the so-called 1978 Headlee Amendment to the state constitution in two ways; it places an unfunded state mandate on the wealthier school districts and creates a new local tax without approval of the voters.

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