Brian Calley. Photo via Wikimedia.

Republican Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, who is running for governor, recently announced that he will lead a ballot initiative campaign to switch the Michigan Legislature from full-time to part-time status.

“My proposal limits the legislature to 90 consecutive days of session and cuts the pay by more than half — setting it equal to what our teachers are paid,” Calley said in his press release.

State legislators are paid $71,685 a year, so a 50 percent reduction would come out to a $35,800 salary.

ForTheRecord says: Calley is way off on how much public school teachers earn in Michigan.

The highest paid teacher in the state in 2015-16 worked for the Troy school district and earned $119,144. The average teacher salary in Michigan that year was $61,875, according to the Michigan Department of Education.

If Calley was referring to the average starting salary of a Michigan public school teacher, he came close. A Michigan Education Association analysis of the union contracts of 438 Michigan school districts found an average starting salary of $35,851.

Editor's Note: An updated story has been posted with a response from Lt. Gov. Calley noting that the proposal sets legislative salaries equal to teacher on a per day schedule. 

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As part of our efforts on government transparency, we obtained data on the compensation of most public employees in the state. This information has been used to fact check claims about salaries, verify data from other open records requests, and hold government spending accountable.

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