Airwaves heat up in race for Michigan governor

Aug 30, 2014

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Political TV ads are set to escalate in the final two months of the race between Republican Gov. Rick Snyder and Democrat Mark Schauer. If the ads that have already run in the contest are any indication, themes will used time and again.

Gov. Rick Snyder (R-MI)
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Some charges are inaccurate or lack context the public might find useful. Snyder never cut education funding by $1 billion in his first year. State-based K-12 funding has gone up every year of his term. But he did slash universities' funding and deprive the K-12 school fund of revenue through a business tax cut.

Democratic candidate Mark Schauer
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Schauer voted to raise the state's income tax in 2007. What isn't mentioned is that when Snyder took office, he helped keep the tax from gradually returning to the old rate.