In a meme on his Facebook page, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer posts this image:

The former Congressman comments:

The problem? The statement in the meme is incorrect.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Michigan ranks 20th in the nation in job growth at 5.5 percent since Gov. Rick Snyder took office. The BLS state and metro area employment report gives that measure over the time period of January 2011 to May 2014.

It is unclear where the figure in the image comes from, but probably from a model done by Bridge Magazine. But that is simply a rough projection over the next decade and not based on recent policy decisions (it actually shows Michigan improving from 50th during the Granholm administration).

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The State of Michigan claims the tens of millions of dollars it spends each year advertising the tourism industry brings in needed tax dollars, but the industry fails to show the data. The Mackinac Center for Public Policy devised a study and found that for every dollar spent, only two cents comes back to the state, and only to a select segment of the tourism industry.

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