The Orwellian rhetoric from the Schauer campaign will not be hindered though. "A lie repeated often enough becomes truth." Unfortunately, polling proves a majority of Michiganders believe Schauer's lie. For now...
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Freep Fact Check: New Snyder ad confronts $1B claim about education funding
Claim: "At least we're not cutting state education funding like Granholm and Schauer did."
Reality: True. According to the nonpartisan Senate Fiscal Agency, the state share of total K-12 funding in the 2003 fiscal year, when Democratic former Gov. Jennifer Granholm took office, was $11.3 billion. The total amount of state funds spent on K-12 education in the 2011 fiscal year, under Granholm's last budget, was $10.8 billion.
Granholm's budgets, as passed by the Legislature, cut state funding for K-12 education in 2004, 2008, 2009, and 2010... Schauer served in the Michigan Senate for most of the Granholm years, from the start of 2003 to the end of 2008, serving his last two years as Senate Minority Leader. Though he and his party were not in control of the Senate, Schauer supported Granholm.
Claim: "Gov. Snyder has increased K-12 state funding every year he's been in office."
Reality: True. Again using numbers from the Senate Fiscal Agency, state funding for K-12 increased to $11.1 billion in fiscal year 2012, which was Snyder's first budget, to $11.2 billion in 2013, $11.5 billion in 2014, and $12.1 billion in 2015.