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The latest states' rights battle is for tourists

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Travel Michigan encourages people to escape the pressures of everyday life by vacationing in the Michigan outdoors. The state's national advertising campaign "Pure Michigan" tries to raise awareness of Michigan as a destination hotspot so people will spend their tourist dollars there as the state copes with rising unemployment and a cash-strapped budget. (Photo Courtesy/Travel Michigan)

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Rocked by the recession, many states are facing record budget deficits. But several are shelling out record amounts to advertise--themselves. When it comes to wooing tourists to the Rust Belt, you have to spend money to make money.


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