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.
A letter to the Editor published in the Livingston Daily