In the latest issue of the Michigan Education Association's online magazine Voice, the union makes another claim about taxpayer support for education that doesn’t hold true.

The MEA wrote a number, 30 percent, followed by this statement: “Percentage decline in Michigan’s higher education funding since 2002 ..."

ForTheRecord says: According to the Senate Fiscal Agency, the high-water mark for state higher education funding was $1.95 billion in the 2001-02 fiscal year. During Michigan’s “lost decade” of the 2000s, the amount fell to a low of $1.36 billion in the 2011-12 fiscal year.

In 2016-17, state higher education spending was back up to $1.58 billion. Compared to the 2001-02 high of $1.95 billion, the current amount represents a cut of about 19 percent, not 30 percent.

However, the higher education budget has increased the last five consecutive years.

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