When Republicans control the state’s purse strings Michigan’s per-pupil spending rank among the states remains at least as high as when the Democrats are in charge; but the public’s perception rarely lines up with that reality. So why do the Republicans continue to play what is — politically speaking — a losers’ game?
Teacher unions and other groups in the “it is never enough” education spending crowd always claim schools are suffering from lack of adequate funding. They do this regardless of which party is in power. However, at election time they turn up the rhetorical volume if the Republicans are in control but practically hit the “mute” button when the Democrats are at the helm.