When was the last time a tax increase made our state, or our nation, more fiscally responsible? The obvious answer is never. The more money the government receives, the more inefficient the government becomes.

Michigan voters will soon face a ballot choice. Yes or no on the proposed 1 percent increase in the Michigan sales tax.

It is being said that this increase is needed to pay for road repairs. Do we say yes and feed the voracious appetite and inefficient workings of the bureaucracy? Or do we say no to Lansing, thereby charging our state government to find the money needed for road repairs from its bureaucratic inefficiencies?

Jim Hodge

Hartland Township

Letter to the editor of the Livingston Daily


Prop 1 Funds Affirmative Action and Mass Transit

I can’t believe our parting Lawmakers would leave us with such a mess as the May 5 election Proposal 1. It is so confusing. Most will think it is just a simple proposal to change the Michigan Constitution to raise our sales tax from 6 percent to 7 percent. Motor fuel taxes are increased on gasoline/diesel fuel. Vehicle registration fees are increased and no longer tax deductible for federal taxes. That is just the tip of the iceberg.

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Politicians Addicted to Taxes

This May voters in Michigan will go to the polls, but not to elect any politicians. We will be asked whether the legislature should raise the state sales tax. Sounds simple enough. One percent is a tiny amount, right?

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Fund Our Roads with Hollywood subsidies

The first step of what could be a major victory for Michigan’s middle class takes place in Lansing this week. The House Committee on Tax Policy will be voting on House Bill 4122. Passing this bill out of committee is the first step in eliminating taxpayer funded subsidies to wealthy Hollywood elites.

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Demand Accurate Prop 1 Ballot Language

Dear Election Officials and State Board of Canvassers,

I am writing to request that the title for Prop 1 and the specific ballot language for Prop 1 accurately reflect what Michigan citizens will be voting on when they cast their ballots on May 5, 2015.

I am proposing this as the title:

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MI Citizens do with less - so should Lansing

In response to Senator Mike Kowall’s commentary, “Michigan Senate sets an ambitious agenda for 2015,” I would like to respond.  Personally I would have preferred that the MI Senate had set an ambitious 2014 lame duck session and simply addressed one goal – fixing Michigan’s roads.   Instead the Senate voted down Bolger’s House Bill 4539, which would have generated an additional $1.2 billion/year in new road funding without increasing taxes on MI residents.

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Just Fix the Potholes

Dear Taxpayer,

On May 5th we will be voting on a Constitutional Amendment and a a package of bills that will go into effect if the Amendment is approved.

The Proposal will increase the sales tax from 6% to 7%, raise taxes on fuel and raise registration taxes on our vehicles. 

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Lansing Should Live Within Its Means

Dear fellow taxpayers,

On May 5, voters will be asked to approve a $1.9 billion tax increase of which only $1.2 billion will actually be used for road repairs. Please consider this increase will place Michigan in the second highest sales taxation, behind California.

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