Now is your chance to contribute to the defeat of Prop 1, also known as Snyder’s Super High Increase in Taxes, by providing your feedback to the Michigan Bureau of Elections regarding the proposed language for the May 5th ballot proposal to raise your taxes by $2 billion.
Polling indicates that the more voters know about Prop 1, the more likely they are to vote no. With this in mind you need to provide your feedback to the Bureau of Elections demanding that the specific language used for Prop 1 is comprehensive and exhaustive. The wording selected by the Bureau of Elections must fully inform the voters as to what they are actually voting on. You have until 5:00 PM on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 to provide your input.
Are tax and spend Lansing legislators and their accomplices in the mainstream media deliberately understating the hit to your pocketbook from a yes vote on May 5th? Or are they just plain stupid? I guess you’ll have to decide for yourselves!
RetakeOurGov has long advocated getting rid of corporate welfare. Handing out our tax dollars to politically connected companies is just plain wrong. Lansing should not be in the business of picking winners and losers, nor should it be rewarding wealthy political donors with handouts to subsidize their business ventures.
During a recent interview with Capitol Correspondent Tim Skubick, former Lt. Governor Candidate Wes Nakagiri once again stated his opposition to corporate welfare.
The Detroit Free Press published a poll about the proposed sales tax increase. Citizens will go to the polls on May 5, 2015 to decide whether or not they want to increase the Michigan sales tax by 16.7%. This initial poll indicates we have a good chance of defeating the Snyder Tax; however, there is work to do.
Excerpts from the Free Press article are shown below, along with our analysis and commentary. It is not too early to be informing your friends and neighbors about this ballot proposal. Absentee ballots will likely be mailed out in early April.
After returning home from an evening meeting I sent out a press release blasting Governor Snyder's road plan. During this meeting of conservative activists I caught a portion of Snyder's State of the State address. His plan to fix the roads is nothing short of "Highway Robbery." Why did I call it Highway Robbery? Well, during his first term in office spending has increased by $4.7 billion per year yet he claims he can't find $1.2 billion to fix the roads. His mismanagement of our tax dollars is equivalent to robbing Michigan citizens of their hard-earned wages.
His solution to the road problem is to increase our sales tax by 16.7%. This would stick Michigan with the second highest state sales tax rate in the nation. Snyder needs to use his training as an accountant to reallocate about 2% of current spending to fix our roads.
My press release was referenced by a couple of local news organizations. Click the links below to view recent media stories about Snyder's Highway Robbery.
Here is an audio recording of the January 21, 2015 news article heard on WHMI 93.5.
You too can help spread the word about Snyder's Highway Robbery. The best way for an individual activist to help deliver our message is to write one or more letters to the editor of your local newspaper.
RetakeOurGov has assembled alist of reasons why citizens should oppose this Highway Robbery. We encourage you to select one of these reasons and write a letter to the editor of your local paper and express your opposition to this Highway Robbery.
(Did you know that Letters to the Editor are the third most read section of the newspaper? Only the sports page and comics rank higher in popularity than Letters to the Editor. Every activist needs to get into the habit of writing letters to the editor of their local paper, as this is the best way to deliver your message to citizens who are not directly involved in the conservative movement. Please contact us if you need help in developing your letter writing skills or letter writing strategy.)
A reporter at my local paper asked me to comment on Governor Snyder’s State of the State address. I took this opportunity to, once again, blast Snyder’s proposed tax increase. It is unconscionable that with all Republican control in Lansing that we are having to even consider raising taxes. With Republicans in control we should be looking at streamlining government, not growing it.
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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.
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.
NO MORE GENERAL FUNDING TAX INCREASES... Our Roads, like our Schools, need REAL REFORMS not just more money thrown at them and Patrick Colbeck and a few other Legislators are the only ones demanding we look at how and for what we spend our money on to Fix Michigan Roads.
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.