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(WLNS) - The governor has signed the new budget for Michigan schools while the Democrats continue to hammer away at the notion that the governor is not treating all school kids the same in that budget. 6 News Capitol Correspondent Tim Skubick has more on the bill signing today.

The governor is really into high school robotics competition and he used a robot to deliver a pen so that he could sign the education budget bill.

In it is a 6% increase for MSU and the rest of higher education, a 3% higher for community colleges and the governor contends more money for K-12 education.

But just because the governor has signed the bill, the education spending issue will be a theme in this years race for governor. The Democratic challenger Mark Scahuer continues to hammer on his assertion that the governor cut a billion from schools.

Reporter: "When the Democrats say you cut a billion from education are they lying?" Governor: "They have a math problem. The fact is when you compare years we are spending a billion more on education." Reporter: "And so Democrats can't do the math?" Governor: "What they are saying is not correct."

There were no Democrats at the bill signing event as they complain not all students are treated the same in this bill.

Democrat State Rep. Andy Schor of Lansing says, "It's good for some kids in the very lowest districts but with my kids who are getting $7300 they got an increase that is equal to the students in Bloomfield who get $12,000. This is not an equity budget."

To which the Governor said, "There was more weighting toward schools that had lower allowances that was to close the gap something we've been trying to do for a number of years."

While these folks applaud the governor, rest assured the Democrats are not when it comes to education spending.


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