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December 23, 2013

Snyder signs tax break for blind, cancer plate law

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has signed laws giving blind residents a break on their taxes and creating a specialty license plate to provide breast cancer screening.

Another law signed Monday allows local "promise zones" created to subsidize college tuition to also be used for vocational education, books and supplies. Snyder also signed a law exempting sales taxes from over-the-counter medications if they're prescribed by a doctor.

Snyder says the six laws were passed with strong bipartisan legislative support.

Now blind people will be considered the equivalent of disabled residents for purposes of qualifying for an income tax credit against their property taxes. Money from the voluntary purchase of the breast cancer license plate will go to a fund created 22 years ago to provide cancer screening and follow-up care.

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