Michigan has diverted more than $4 billion in state revenue that was intended for local governments in order to balance its budgets over the last few years, according to the Michigan Municipal League.

The group last week released a report responding to Gov. Rick Snyder’s call for local governments to consolidate services or face more cuts in state aid. The league is asking lawmakers to enact a series of reforms it says will make it easier for cities and towns to share services and not to link service sharing with revenue cuts.

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