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.

 

There are ten other laws that each have costs and separate issues that have passed and are signed by Gov. Snyder. But these laws won’t go into effect unless Prop 1 passes. Taxes are taken off here and put back there. The total tax rate would go up substantially if we are so foolish as to stay home and not vote ‘NO’ on May 5.

Some might say, there is need of more money for roads. Forty percent of this additional tax money doesn’t even go near roads. Some money raised is for SAF (School Aid Fund) not schools, and a major portion of revenue is to go to mass transit (railroads) which have been shown to not support themselves as few people ride them and a large portion of Michiganders live in areas not even near them. Public Act 473 requires the Depart. of Transportation to give preferential treatment to “disadvantaged” businesses which is activating affirmative action laws in this proposal.

Road repair seems to be an afterthought. Some money is dedicated for roads but it is unclear to me how much. It is not a 100 percent road fixing proposal but it sure will flatten our wallets. It’s everything I don’t like about government. There’s got to be a better way.

Joan Johnson
Howell

A letter to the Editor published in 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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