For the Record

Teachers Union Math Lesson: $8,326 Per Kid > $7,462 Per Kid

Michigan news media rarely challenge union assertions that school funding has been cut in Michigan. … more

Tough Time To Be Working In Government?

Government employees in this country — at the local, state and federal level, as well as school and state university employees — have not suffered economically in this century. … more

Claims Of Rising Poverty Simply Aren't True

State Sen. Coleman Young II, D-Detroit, claimed in an April 17 op-ed published by the Traverse City Record-Eagle that more people in Michigan have fallen into poverty during the tenure of Gov. Rick Snyder. … more

Michigan’s Golf Courses Will Take Much More Water Than Nestle

One state report said Michigan's golf courses use 7.6 billion gallons of water a year. Nestle will use as much as 210 million gallons a year. Where's the outrage about golf courses? … more

Shampooing Hair And Piloting Commercial Airliners Require Same Number Of Training Hours In Michigan

Michigan Sen. David Knezek, D-Dearborn Heights, snarked on Twitter recently about a bill that makes it a little easier for people to earn money by shampooing hair. … more

Magazine’s Description Of Michigan School Funding 24 Years Out Of Date

A recent story in The Atlantic magazine about private versus public schools used examples from Michigan to illustrate some of its arguments, but was significantly out of date. … more

Public Schools’ Advocate Reports Added Spending Didn’t Help, Considers More

When it comes to Michigan's poor performance on standardized tests, perhaps more money isn't the solution. … more

Utica School Board Member Errs, Blames Usual Suspect For Mythical Funding Cuts

A Utica Community Schools board member says the current way the state funds schools is broken. … more

AFSCME gets Supreme Court snicker

An AFSCME union laywer made a quip about public sector salaries. Richard Trumka, the president of the national AFSCME, had his total compensation in 2017 increase to $315,368, a 7 percent raise from 2016. … more

‘Truth Squad’ Omits Key Michigan Charter School Facts In DeVos Hit Piece

The Center For Michigan's Truth Squad said it was hard to determine if the DeVos family profits from their involvement with a charter school. The Truth Squad failed to mention the DeVos family would be breaking the law if they did. … more

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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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