Government entities in Genesee County have increased spending on lobbyists 76 percent, according to an analysis by The Flint Journal.

Jack McHugh, the Center's senior legislative analyst, told The Journal that the process is a vicious cycle, with tax-funded lobbying for more tax dollars leading to "spending more than government has available."

Diane S. Katz, an adjunct scholar with the Center, wrote about this problem almost three years ago in a commentary titled "Using Taxes to Lobby for Taxes."

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