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Detroit News Columnist Daniel Howes and Michigan Radio are partners in weekly essays examining what's hot in Michigan business and politics – and what it all means. This week, Howes says the halting campaign in Lansing to tax the state’s kayaks, canoes and paddleboards through registration fees might get more traction if the proceeds would be used to fund paddling safety programs. But so long as the effort looks like nothing more than a money grab by the Great Lakes State, it’s likely to remain dead in the water.

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