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For the Record

For $20,000 to $30,000, you can hire former Gov. Jennifer Granholm to speak at your event. According to the Keppler Speakers, Granholm will speak about her successful strategies in creating jobs and how she rebuilt the Michigan economy. Except, the state lost 576,900 jobs in her eight years as governor and led the nation in unemployment for 45 consecutive months. … more
A Port Huron Area Schools teacher told a local newspaper during contract negotiations that he was bring home in salary what he was 14 years ago. However, the school's payroll data tells a different story. … more
MLive columnist Susan Demas wrote that the state of Michigan's General Fund revenues are decreasing. They are projected to increase by the Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference, just not by as much as previously reported. … more
Michigan House Democrats say the GOP is to blame for the Michigan Economic Growth Authority program that has given select large corporations billions in taxpayer dollars. But Democratic votes were vital to creating the program in 1995. … more
The current budget shortfall is due to select tax credits approved during the Granholm administration which are being honored. … more
The MEA's unions routinely post the names of the former members who opt out of the union in newsletters that get posted online to make their work place as hostile as they can. … more
Michigan State Board of Education President John Austin flip flopped on his stance on educational adequacy studies. … more
In 2008, Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm was trying to make this state the "green energy" capital of North America. So the state and federal government awarded six "green companies" $231 million. A state report shows in 2013, that investment produced just 44 full-time jobs. … more
Michigan doctors are accepting more Medicaid patients, but most of the Medicaid benefits in this state occur when local hospitals negotiate a flat per-beneficiary rate with the state. … more
Number of homicides is different from the homicide "rate." … more