What, do you think we’re STUPID?
While Governor Snyder and his pals in the legislature ponder giving us all a tax credit that won’t even pay for a trip to the grocery store, Michigan voters have another idea: Fix the damn roads and fund our damn schools.
While lawmakers in Lansing are debating the best way to provide tax relief with the state’s nearly $1-billion budget surplus, voters in Michigan have much different thoughts on how to spend the extra cash.
According to a poll of 600 Michigan residents, 38% said they think the money should go to K-12 education, another 36% say roads need an infusion of cash, while only 11% say an income tax cut is the answer. The remaining 15% chose contributions to the rainy day fund, local communities or universities, or where undecided as to their preferred recipient of excess budget dollars. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.
“You have to think, ‘Who are are they responding to?’ ” Bernie Porn, director of Lansing-based EPIC-MRA, said of legislators. EPIC-MRA conducted the poll Feb. 5 through Tuesday. “If Republican legislators decide not to do a tax cut, or just a minimal one, and they used the surplus to deal with schools and roads, they’re not going to make anybody unhappy.”
In other words, do your jobs. Our votes aren’t for sale for a paltry $75, not when most of us will pay more than that in damage to our vehicles from our crumbling roads or having to pay for tutors and supplies to supplement our kids’ schooling.