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From left, Marlo Meadowbrooks, 2, dances with Dorsey student nurse Jeneka Lytle, 27, while Markasia Nunley, 2, Dorsey Rhonda Love, 29, Brittany Stringer, 23 months, and Savanna Davis, look on at the daycare center at COTS (Coalition On Temporary Shelter) in Detroit. Some charitable organizations in Michigan have reported a decline in donations following tax changes that eliminated state credits for financial gifts to food banks, homeless shelters and certain nonprofits. Gov. Rick Snyder and the GOP-led Legislature made the changes to help balance the state's budget. In 2011, about 234,000 Michigan taxpayers claimed $19.5 million in tax credits through donations to homeless shelters and food banks.