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Numbers support the criticism of Pettalia

March 8, 2013
The Alpena News

It seems Rep. Pettalia's supporter, Ms. Sommerfield, is quite sensitive about the criticism her state representative has received for underfunding K-12 education. Is the criticism deserved? According to the Senate Fiscal Agency, the budgets which Pettalia has supported have used $900 million from the School Aid Fund and spent it on community colleges and universities. Typically these institutions of higher learning have been funded out of the General Fund, but doing it this way, Pettalia freed up money in the General Fund and balanced out some of the $1.8 billion in tax breaks given to corporations. This was done at the expense of our K-12 school districts.



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