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Current State checks in with Detroit Free Press reporter Paul Egan and publisher of Gongwer News in Lansing John Lindstrom about August's biggest news stories.

At the end of every month, Current State takes a few minutes to review all that’s worth reviewing in state government and politics. 

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Last night, months of impassioned rhetoric, TV spots and old fashioned stumping came to an abrupt end. Michigan voters soundly defeated Proposal 1, the constitutional amendment designed to fund repairs to the state’s faltering roads. The proposal would have increased the state sales tax by one percent, while also sending money to schools and local governments.

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With prolonged frigid temperatures, frequent snowfall, and related transportation and power emergencies, winter has hit mid-Michigan hard.

And with more than another month of the season to go, Lansing and many other municipalities are nearing the end of road salt supplies and the money to buy more.