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Michigan Republicans look to take another half-billion from cities to give to businesses

Michigan Republicans look to take another half-billion from cities to give to businesses

Kicking cities while they’re down

Michigan Republicans passed a budget last year that gives businesses $1.6 billion dollars in tax breaks, paid for by slashing school funding and raising taxes on over half of Michiganders. Now, they are about to hand them another half billion dollars by phasing out the personal property tax (PPT).

It’s generally agreed that the PPT is not a particularly smart tax. It forces companies to pay taxes on equipment that they purchase which has the effect of encouraging them NOT to make capital investments that can help them thrive and grow.

However, here’s the rub: getting rid of it will take nearly half a billion dollars out of city budgets, many of which are largely dependent upon this tax. If you think the problem with bankrupt cities and Emergency Managers is bad now, this will make it worse.

Have a look at this chart from the Michigan Municipal League’s Replace Don’t Erase website…

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Most of Associated Press coverage of Obama visit to Michigan was about a few dozen tea partiers

Most of Associated Press coverage of Obama visit to Michigan was about a few dozen tea partiers

Liberal media, my ass

As I have already written about, yesterday President Obama visited Michigan for a couple of fundraising events. The Associated Press, of course covered the event. How they covered it blew my mind.

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PHOTO: President Obama sits on the bus Rosa Parks made history in

PHOTO: President Obama sits on the bus Rosa Parks made history in

Goosebumps

One of the really cool things that they have at the Henry Ford museum in Dearborn, Michigan, is the bus on which Rosa Parks took her famous stand. Or sit, rather.

Yesterday, President Barack Obama, another African American to break down barriers and make history, sat on that same bus and was photographed by White House photographer Pete Souza.

[Photo after the jump.]

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Ted Nugent: American Traitor, Misogynist & Romney surrogate

Ted Nugent: American Traitor, Misogynist & Romney surrogate

Romney surrogate Ted Nugent hates America I’ve written about Ted Nugent before (“Ted Nugent: This is what happens when an idiot-clown gets the megaphone“) partly because he’s from Michigan and used to live near my hometown of Jackson. Ted Nugent is an American traitor. This week at the National Rifle Association (NRA) convention, Nugent said “our government is wiping its […]

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Obama in Dearborn, Michigan – 4/18/2012 – Photos, video, and transcript

Obama in Dearborn, Michigan – 4/18/2012 – Photos, video, and transcript

Fired up and ready to go in Michigan!

Here are some photos and video from yesterday’s Obama campaign stop at the beautiful Henry Ford museum in Dearborn, Michigan. I don’t have much to say other than it was a spectacular venue, an energized president, and an even more energized crowd. As you look at the video and images, notice how diverse the crowd is. It’s one of the hallmark’s of President Obama’s supporters, in my opinion.

All photos by Anne C. Savage, used with permission. You can view more of her photos from the event HERE.

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President Obama at the Henry Ford museum in Dearborn, MI

President Obama at the Henry Ford museum in Dearborn, MI

One quick photo.

(Bigger version after the jump.)

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Romney revealed 23 years of his tax returns to John McCain — but not to YOU

Romney revealed 23 years of his tax returns to John McCain — but not to YOU

You can’t haz tax returnz

The Democratic Party sent out this fun tweet yesterday:

As Steve Benen at Maddow Blog points out, Romney’s latest evasive maneuver…

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Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker “welcomed” to Michigan by nearly 2,000 protesters

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker “welcomed” to Michigan by nearly 2,000 protesters

You ain’t from around here is you, boy? Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker had quite a day yesterday. First, he was greeted by upwards of 2,000 protesters at an speech for the Illinois Chamber of Commerce. Then, when he got to Michigan, he was greeted by a crowd estimated to be anywhere from 1,300 to nearly 3,000. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker […]

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Republicans come to the rescue of the military but food stamp recipients will have to pay the price

Republicans come to the rescue of the military but food stamp recipients will have to pay the price

Won’t someone think of the bombers? Nevermind. Someone did. When the deficit cutting committee failed to reach agreement last year, it set in motion a series of automatic budget cuts which included some military cuts. This, of course, is an anathema to the Republicans so they have been scrambling like crazy to find a way to trim the budget to […]

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Former Pontiac Emergency Manager Michael Stampfler says Public Act 4 isn’t working (and can’t work)

Former Pontiac Emergency Manager Michael Stampfler says Public Act 4 isn’t working (and can’t work)

Oh. NOW you tell us. Former Emergency Manager of Pontiac Michael Stampfler is giving a presentation to the Rotary Club of Wyandotte about why Public Act 4 – Michigan’s Emergency Manager law — isn’t working and cannot work. Stampfler says, “I do not believe EMs can be successful — they abrogate the civic structure of the community for a period […]

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PROTEST: Michigan GOP fundraiser tonight featuring Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker

PROTEST: Michigan GOP fundraiser tonight featuring Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker

Birds of a feather The most-reviled governor in the country, Scott Walker of Wisconsin, will be in Troy Michigan tonight to headline a Republican fundraiser. The venue is the same one where Americans for Prosperity held their forum a couple of months ago — The San Marino Club on Big Beaver Road. As you might imagine, there will be a […]

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