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On Tax Day, it’s worth looking at how the Michigan GOP has shifted the tax burden to the poor & middle class


A little over two years ago, I wrote a cautionary post titled “The tax timebomb that explodes in Michigan in 2012 is MUCH worse than you thought”. In it, I explained how the Republican budget passed in the first year after the 2010 midterm election annihilation of Democrats and signed into law by Governor Rick Snyder created a massive shift of taxation from the wealthy and from corporations onto the poor and middle class. Here’s a bit of that post:

[A]s we all know, last year the Michigan Republicans passed a budget that lowers business taxes by $1.6 billion and increases individual income taxes by $1.4 billion.…
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As Michigan roads disintegrate, Republicans push for tax cuts – Don’t call them potholes, call them “Snyderholes”

It’s going to take actual leadership to fill all of these Snyderholes

Anyone driving in Michigan these days knows that this is an epic year for potholes. The frightening part about it is that the daytime thawing followed by nighttime freezing that is the most significant contributor to potholes is only just now underway. If you think things are bad now, hang on to your seatbelts, kids. We’re just getting started and it’s not going to be pretty. Local municipalities, budgets depleted by the removal of historic snow levels, are now faced with having to repair damaged roads on a continuous basis.…

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Michigan House Speaker Bolger begins Republican propaganda campaign to buy your vote with a tax cut

It’s getting very deep in here…

Earlier this month, I wrote about how Michigan Republicans were going to soon begin a campaign of deceit in which they attempt to convince Michigan voters that they are tax-cutting warriors determined to return budget surplus funds to the taxpayers to whom they belong. This week, House Speaker Jase Bolger began a propaganda campaign to do just that in an op-ed in the Detroit Free Press titled “Why Michigan’s surplus should go to tax cut”.

The op-ed begins with Bolger comparing criticism of their tax cut proposal to lectures “that Common Core passage or Medicaid reform were moving too slow, after complaining Michigan’s right-to-work law was passed too quickly”.…

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Michigan Republicans ready to buy votes by lowering taxes before the 2014 election

They think you’re stupid and gullible. Don’t prove them right.

In February of 2012, I penned a piece titled “The tax timebomb that explodes in Michigan in 2012 is MUCH worse than you thought”. In it, I showed how Michigan Republicans raised taxes on over half of the people in our state. Worse than that, the brunt of the tax hit was borne by those at the lower end of the economic scale including our seniors.

My piece was based on a report by the Michigan League for Human Services (pdf) that had a couple of very telling charts in it.…

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The GOP just can’t take “yes” for an answer: A reminder of what we’ve achieved under Barack Obama

I see what you’re doing here. We all do.

I think all of us are, like Amy described in her righteous rant yesterday, sick and tired of being held hostage by extremist right wing ideologues who behave like petulant children when they don’t get absolutely everything they want. What’s most infuriating about it is that these very same ideologues have actually achieved much of what they say they want out of the government they so despise and want floating strangled and dead in a tub of water.

Let’s just take a quick look at three major accomplishments by Barack Obama since he took office, all of which was done against a stiff head wind of purely partisan pushback, accomplishments that even the most rabid Tea Partarian should cheer about.…

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Republican bill would repeal state income tax & blow an $8.3 billion hole in the state budget

Wait. What???

As I wrote about a month ago, Republican House Representative Bob Genetski has a solution to Michigan’s budget problems: blow an $8.3 billion hole in it by repealing the state income tax. Well, the bill has been introduced: House Bill 4898. Here is the part that eliminates the tax:

July 18, 2013, Introduced by Reps. Genetski, Somerville, Franz, Howrylak and McMillin and referred to the Committee on Tax Policy.

A bill to amend 1967 PA 281, entitled “Income tax act of 1967,” by repealing part 1 (MCL 206.1 to 206.532).


Enacting section 1.

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New Red Wings stadium in Detroit will be built using $285 million in public funds

Republicans hate picking winners and losers except when they don’t

Amid all the drama surrounding Detroit’s bankruptcy this past week, there was a supremely ironic announcement made that came the same day a federal bankruptcy court judge cleared the way for Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr to proceed with the Chapter 9 filing. Plans for new sports complex, centered around a new Red Wings hockey arena, were revealed. The complex will cost $650 million of which $285 million will come from tax dollars. The arena itself will cost $450 million and 58% of that cost, $261.5 million, will be paid for by tax revenues.…

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A Republican solution to Michigan’s budget crisis: eliminate the state income tax

Who elects these geniuses???

As Michigan struggles with crumbling infrastructure that we don’t have the money to fix, failing schools that we have stopped investing in, and cities in crisis from a collapsed manufacturing base, one Republican, Saugatuck state Representative Bob Genetski has a solution: eliminate the state income tax.

No, kids, I’m not kidding.

Michigan voters could decide whether to abolish the state income tax under legislation introduced this week by Rep. Bob Genetski.

Genetski, R-Saugatuck, has deemed House Bill 4898 the “Taxpayer Freedom Act.”

“It’s something that hasn’t been revisited since ‘67 or ‘68, when the voters voted to allow a state income tax,” he said.

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Apparently you can’t cut your way to prosperity after all. Flint Emergency Manager wants a tax increase.

Uh, someone didn’t get the memo that the answer to everything is to cut corporate taxes

Flint Emergency Manager Ed Kurtz is leading a push to increase city income taxes by 0.5% for residents and 0.25% for non-residents. That’s a 50% increase. Why? Turns out Flint is out of money and needs revenue. It’s almost as if Flint’s problems weren’t caused by waste, fraud, and mismanagement after all.

More after the jump.

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Michigan Republicans celebrate National Teacher Appreciation Week by voting to strip more school funding

Make yourself heard

As I reported yesterday, the Michigan House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure voted to eliminate the sales tax on aviation fuel. This bill is in addition to House Bill 4539 which if passed, will eliminate the sales tax on gasoline sales in our state. My piece said that this would take $770.1 million out of the School Aid Fund (SAF). However, that amount is only for the repeal of the gasoline tax. According to a statement by State Rep. Brandon Dillon, yesterday’s repeal of the aviation fuel tax will remove another $55 million . That means if both bills are passed, $825.1 million more will be taken from our kids’ schools. This represents over two-thirds of the $1.2 billion Governor Snyder has asked for for road repair.

Click through for more including details on how you can make your voice heard on this issue.

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