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var digg_url = 'http://digg.com/offbeat_news/Cars_cost_more_than_houses_in_Detroit'; The twenty-first century has not been kind to the state of Michigan. Tens of thousands of jobs have been lost at both the automakers and suppliers, and the tax cuts implemented by the Republican-controlled legislature have gutted state revenues while doing nothing to attract new jobs. Since people can't find jobs here, they've hit the road and moved elsewhere.

So nice of Detroit's WDIV-TV and the Detroit Free Press to ask folks living in Michigan how they feel about the General Motors/Renault-Nissan deal, eh? With GM residing in the state and being largely responsible for the state of its economy, everyone from plant workers to advertising agency execs and even Detroit-area Starbucks baristas will likely be affected by a merger.