In Michigan the Republicans took control of our state government some 4 years back when Rick Snyder was elected governor.
In that short time they have managed to create a $500 million deficit for the upcoming year. This was accomplished by cutting taxes for the wealthy few and convincing the general public that we had to do away with a tax on personal property.
Michigan’s roads, like most of the country, have been ignored for years. So what do the Republicans do?
In addition to increasing fees on many small businesses, they call for a ballot measure to increase the state sales tax. They fear the Grover Norquist branch of their party too much to do the right thing themselves.
The increase on fees to small businesses could possibly put Snyder on the do not dine here list at Tommy Brann’s restaurant in Wyoming Michigan that has banned Michael Moore and Seth Rogen, but that is another story.
This action ties in with Republican states nationwide in their efforts at taxing the poor to benefit the rich.
“A number of Republican-led states are considering tax changes that in many cases would have the effect of cutting taxes on the rich and raising them on the poor. While the bottom fifth of earners pay more than 10 percent of their income in state and local taxes, the top 1 percent pays closer to 5 percent, the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy estimates.”
There is a vote scheduled for May 5th of this year to raise the sales tax. The people supporting this vote are suggesting it will make for safer roads and as a bonus, some of the monies raised will go to the schools. If you believe that, money going to the schools, ask yourself, where did all that lottery money go?
This is a regressive tax that will create more suffering by the hard working, taxpaying middle class than on the affluent ones our state government is so concerned about.
So all my friends in Michigan, I am urging you to vote NO on this tax increase.
Force the bums in Lansing to do their job. (Not all the people in Lansing are bums, the good ones are in the minority.)