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6 News Fact-Checks Snyder's Numbers From State Of The State

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - The 2014 State of the State address gave Governor Snyder the opportunity to highlight 2013 - the accomplishments, unfinished business and plans for the year ahead.

As part of our continuing coverage on the 2014 State of the State address, 6 News Reporter Joe Khalil fact-checked some of the specific numbers the governor touted Thursday night as part of Michigan's progress.

The governor spoke about Michigan's growth in education spending, adding jobs and positive population trends in our state. Topics ranging from the state's budget surplus and safety in urban cities to tax relief and the state of the economy were all addressed Thursday night.

"He did what you'd expect. He was emphasizing the positives," said Charles Ballard, an economics professor at Michigan State. But Ballard says some of the governor's economic recaps were incomplete.

"In the last three years, we've added 221,000 private sector jobs," said Snyder in his speech Thursday.

"The public sector, that's government, police, firefighters, that has actually shrunk by more than 20,000 jobs during his administration," said Ballard, pointing out that Snyder emphasized private sector.

"We've invested $660 more per student than there were previously before I took office," said Snyder.

According to Michigan's Department of Technology Management and Budget, that's accurate. However, Snyder himself said half of that went to teacher pensions, which Ballard says offers virtually no benefit for students.

"If a dollar goes into pensions, it's not going into buying computers for classrooms and books," he said.

Snyder also hit on the state reversing its population trend, saying, "For 16 years in a row, Michigan was listed in the high outbound category." This year it stayed balanced, so the governor was right.

Overall, Ballard says Snyder failed to address certain unpopular issues, but the facts he did share all proved to be true.

It was Snyder's fourth address, the final of his four year term in office.

To watch Snyder's full State of the State address, visit: http://michigan.gov/snyder/0,4668,7-277--319691--,00.html

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