L’Anse Creuse Public Schools Superintendent Jackie Johnston wrote an op-ed in the Macomb Daily stating, “Like many of you, for quite some time we have been tightening our belts and doing more with less. As we pay more for gasoline, energy and other items that continue to rise with inflation, we are not receiving additional revenue from the state.”

ForTheRecord says: However, that doesn’t jibe with what the Michigan Department of Education is reporting.

In 2010-11, there was $79.8 million in state funding for the school district for 12,034 students. In 2013-14, the state funding increased to $81.6 million even though there were fewer students in the district (11,318 students).

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There aren’t many policies that get near unanimous support from economists, but free trade is one of them. Despite this, a central theme of the 2016 presidential campaign, heard from both political parties, was that free trade was somehow harmful to the United States and corrective action was needed. Mark Perry, an economics professor at the University of Michigan-Flint and scholar with the American Enterprise Institute, makes the case for why President Trump’s assessment of free trade is misguided.

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