Thursday, June 04, 2015

Evans Will Veto Commissioners Vote to Not Increase Taxes



Today the Wayne County Commission voted by a vote of 9 to 5 not to raise taxes of $49 million on our summer taxes. County Executive Evans is expected to veto that and place a special assessment on our tax bills unless we can convince one of the commissioner to change their vote to override the veto. Commisioners   Webb, Killeen, Clark-Coleman, Ware and Scott voted no on transferring the money to avoid putting the bill on taxpayers. Alisha Bell was absent. The rest voted to keep taxpayers from getting the extra tax this summer.  
 According to the commission Chair they will try to override his veto in about a week and a half, but will need help from at least one of those who voted against us today.

  

Distribution List Name:              WC Commission

Members:                                    

Com. Al Haidous (ahaidous@waynecounty.com)  ahaidous@waynecounty.com
Com. Alisha Bell (abell3@co.wayne.mi.us)              abell3@co.wayne.mi.us
Com. Burton Leland (bleland@co.wayne.mi.us)    bleland@co.wayne.mi.us
Com. Diane Webb (dwebb1@co.wayne.mi.us)      dwebb1@co.wayne.mi.us
Com. Gary Woronchak (gworonch@co.wayne.mi.us)         gworonch@co.wayne.mi.us
Com. Ilona Varga (ivarga@co.wayne.mi.us)           ivarga@co.wayne.mi.us
Com. Jewel Ware (jstaff@co.wayne.mi.us)            jstaff@co.wayne.mi.us
Com. Joe Barone (jbarone@waynecounty.com)    jbarone@waynecounty.com
Com. Joseph Palamara (jpalamar@co.wayne.mi.us)           jpalamar@co.wayne.mi.us
Com. Martha Scott (mscott2@waynecounty.com)              mscott2@waynecounty.com
Com. Ramond Basham               rbasham@co.wayne.mi.us
Com. Richard (Richard@RichardLeBlanc.com)       Richard@RichardLeBlanc.com
Com. Richard L Blanc (District12@waynecounty.com)        District12@waynecounty.com
Com. Terry Marecki                    tmarecki@waynecounty.com
Com. Tim Killeen (tkilleen@co.wayne.mi.us)          tkilleen@co.wayne.mi.us

Please contact everyone in your address book who lives in Wayne County and tell them to contact their commissioner and others if they can.
Special assessments are completely out of control and used to violate the Headlee Amendment:
Article IX section 31 of the State Constitution limits your ability to tax.

§ 31 Levying tax or increasing rate of existing tax; maximum tax rate on new base; increase in assessed valuation of property; exceptions to limitations.
Sec. 31. Units of Local Government are hereby prohibited from levying any tax not authorized by law or charter when this section is ratified or from increasing the rate of an existing tax above that rate authorized by law or charter when this section is ratified, without the approval of a majority of the qualified electors of that unit of Local Government voting thereon. If the definition of the base of an existing tax is broadened, the maximum authorized rate of taxation on the new base in each unit of Local Government shall be reduced to yield the same estimated gross revenue as on the prior base. If the assessed valuation of property as finally equalized, excluding the value of new construction and improvements, increases by a larger percentage than the increase in the General Price Level from the previous year, the maximum authorized rate applied thereto in each unit of Local Government shall be reduced to yield the same gross
revenue from existing property, adjusted for changes in the General Price Level, as could have been collected at the existing authorized rate on the prior assessed value. The limitations of this section shall not apply to taxes imposed for the payment of principal and interest on bonds or other evidence of indebtedness or for the payment of assessments on contract obligations in anticipation of which bonds are issued which were authorized prior tothe effective date of this amendment.
History: Add. Init., approved Nov. 7, 1978, Eff. Dec. 23, 1978

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The Debate Over the Export-Import Bank, Explained in 90 Seconds



I wanted to share this with you. As you probably know the Wayne County Taxpayers Association is one of the organizations which are composed of thousands of members, who have indicated that we want congress to let the Export - Import Bank authorization expire in June. If you have not contacted congress please do so.

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I wanted to give you an update on the fight to end the Export-Import Bank.
I don’t have to tell you that 87% of the Ex-Im’s loan guarantees went to Boeing, GE and Caterpillar, that it doesn’t create jobs, and that all GOP presidential candidates oppose the bank. You already know that.
What I do want to remind you is that we have a real chance to shut down this government agency.
Thanks to your grassroots pressure and our Capitol Hill team, momentum is growing and each week we add more and more names to the list of representatives who have publicly come out in opposition to the bank.
And I have great news. We now have 88 lawmakers on our list.
These lawmakers are taking a bold stand against corporate cronyism and we thank them for their efforts. Two lawmakers who came out publicly last week under extreme special interest pressure were Jody Hice and Brad Wenstrup.
Rep. Jody Hice’s Georgia district is home to a new Caterpillar factory. Rather than giving into cronyist culture, he publicly came out against the bank. Jody Hice is representing the best interest of his constituents, not the special interest lobbying groups in Washington.
Rep. Brad Wenstrup’s Ohio district is home to GE Aviation, one of the biggest beneficiaries of the Export-Import Bank. He is proud of GE’s innovation and technology, but understands the company doesn’t need taxpayer subsidies to thrive. Brad Wenstrup took a strong stand for principle.
Thank you for engaging in this fight with us. We are optimistic the bank will NOT be reauthorized on June 30 and that it will be shut down forever.
Lets keep the pressure up as we finish the fight!
Sincerely,

Michael A. Needham
Chief Executive Officer
Heritage Action for America

Monday, April 06, 2015

Please Remember to Vote May 5

These are  the proposals that will be voted on in Wayne County. A no vote is particularly necessary for taxpayers for the State Proposal and those of Lincoln Park and City of Wayne.






Page 1 OFFICIAL LIST OF PROPOSALS 05/05/2015 MAY CONSOLIDATED WAYNE COUNTY

STATE PROPOSAL
PROPOSAL 15-1
A proposal to amend the State Constitution to increase the sales/use tax from 6% to 7% to replace and supplement reduced revenue to the School Aid Fund and local units of government caused by the elimination of the sales/use tax on gasoline and diesel fuel for vehicles operating on public roads, and to give effect to laws that provide additional money for roads and other transportation purposes by increasing the gas tax and vehicle registration fees.
The proposed constitutional amendment would:
• Eliminate sales / use taxes on gasoline / diesel fuel for vehicles on public roads.

• Increase portion of use tax dedicated to School Aid Fund (SAF).

• Expand use of SAF to community colleges and career / technical education, and prohibit use for 4-year colleges / universities.

• Give effect to laws, including those that:

o Increase sales / use tax to 7%, as authorized by constitutional amendment.

o Increase gasoline / diesel fuel tax and adjust annually for inflation, increase vehicle registration fees, and dedicate revenue for roads and other transportation purposes.

o Expand competitive bidding and warranties for road projects.
o Increase earned income tax credit.

Should this proposal be adopted?


Page 2 OFFICIAL LIST OF PROPOSALS 05/05/2015 MAY CONSOLIDATED WAYNE COUNTY
CITY OF LINCOLN PARK PROPOSALS
CITY OF LINCOLN PARK POLICE OFFICERS AND FIRE FIGHTERS RETIREMENT SYSTEM PROPOSAL
Shall the City of Lincoln Park, County of Wayne, Michigan, be authorized to establish a retirement system for the benefit of police officers and fire fighters, create a pension board, and levy taxes annually in amounts sufficient to fund the system, all in accordance with the provisions of Michigan Public Act 345 of 1937, as amended? This proposal shall not become effective unless the electors also approve an amendment to Chapter XVII of the City Charter authorizing cessation of the existing pension system and transfer of its assets to the new Act 345 pension system.
PROPOSED CHARTER AMENDMENT SECTION 1 OF CHAPTER XVII OF THE CITY OF LINCOLN PARK
Shall Sec. 1 of Chapter XVII of the City Charter of the City of Lincoln Park be amended to provide for the transfer of all assets of the existing Policemen’s and Firemen’s Retirement system to a new retirement system established pursuant to Michigan Public Act 345 of 1937, as amended, the cessation of the existing retirement system, and dissolution of the existing retirement board? This amendment shall not become effective unless the electors also approve of the establishment of a new Act 345 pension system.



CITY OF WAYNE PROPOSALS
PROPOSAL NO. 1
PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO SECTIONS 19.1 AND 19.3 OF CHAPTER 19 OF THE WAYNE CITY CHARTER
Shall Chapter 19 of the Charter of the City of Wayne be amended so that police officers and firefighters are excluded from the retirement system established by the City Charter, effective with the 2015-2016 fiscal year, and instead become members of a separate retirement system under 1937 PA 345, as amended, and that accumulated contributions to the current employee's retirement system made by or on behalf of such officers be transferred to the Act 345 retirement system? This charter amendment shall not be effective unless the electors approve the establishment of a separate retirement system under said Act 345.
PROPOSAL NO. 2
PROPOSAL TO ADOPT AN ACT 345 RETIREMENT SYSTEM FOR POLICE OFFICERS AND FIREFIGHTERS
Shall the City of Wayne, Wayne County, Michigan, be authorized to establish a separate retirement system pursuant to Act 345 of 1937, as amended, for the benefit of police officers and firefighters employed by the City, create a board of trustees to manage and operate the system, and be authorized to levy a new tax annually in an amount sufficient to fund the system in an actuarially sound manner, but not to exceed 3.00 mills in any year on each dollar ($3.00 per $1,000) of the taxable value of all property in the City, for a period of 5 years, all contingent upon the approval by the electors of a City Charter amendment authorizing the transfer of police officer and firefighter members from the current employee's retirement system to the new system created under Act 345?
It is expected that approximately 3 mills will be levied in 2015 and will raise the sum of approximately
$1,068,000.00.



Page 3 OFFICIAL LIST OF PROPOSALS 05/05/2015 MAY CONSOLIDATED WAYNE COUNTY
GROSSE ILE TOWNSHIP SCHOOLS PROPOSALS
GROSSE ILE TOWNSHIP SCHOOLS
BOND PROPOSAL
Shall the Grosse Ile Township Schools, County of Wayne, Michigan, borrow the principal sum of not to exceed Seven Million Four Hundred Thirty-Five Thousand Dollars ($7,435,000) and issue its general obligation unlimited tax bonds for the purpose of defraying the cost of:
· equipping, furnishing, reequipping and refurnishing School District buildings and acquiring buses;
· acquiring and installing technology infrastructure and equipment; and
· improving and developing sites, including playgrounds, structures and outdoor athletic facilities?

The estimated millage to be levied in 2015 to service this issue of bonds is 0.51 mills ($0.51 per $1,000 of taxable value) and the estimated simple average annual millage rate required to retire the bonds of this issue is 1.69 mills ($1.69 per $1,000 of taxable value). The debt millage levy is currently estimated to be 5.69 mills, or .2528 mill over the 2014 levy. The bonds shall be payable in not to exceed ten (10) years from the date of issue. The School District currently has $20,020,000 of qualified bonds outstanding and $0 of qualified loans outstanding under the State School Bond Qualification and Loan Program. The School District does not expect to borrow from the program to pay debt service on these bonds. The estimated computed millage rate may change based on changes in certain circumstances.
Under State law, bond proceeds may not be used to pay teacher, administrator or other employee salaries, routine maintenance costs or other School District operating expenses.



GROSSE ILE TOWNSHIP SCHOOLS
SINKING FUND REPLACEMENT PROPOSAL
This proposal would replace the existing operating millage authority of the Grosse Ile Township Schools approved by voters in 2010 and which would otherwise expire with the 2015 levy to levy a sinking fund millage.
As a replacement of existing authorization which would otherwise expire with the 2015 levy, shall the Grosse Ile Township Schools, County of Wayne, Michigan, be authorized to levy 0.75 mill ($0.75 per $1,000 of taxable valuation) to create a sinking fund for the purpose of the construction or repair of school buildings and the improvement and development of sites, including the replacement of interior doors and hardware, the replacement of lighting with energy efficient LED lighting, brick work repairs and any other purpose permitted by law, by increasing the limitation on the amount of taxes which may be imposed on taxable property in the School District for a period of five (5) years, being the years 2015 to 2019, inclusive? It is estimated that 0.75 mill ($0.75 per $1,000 of taxable valuation) would raise approximately $ 427,064 in the first year that it is levied.
(Under state law, sinking fund proceeds may not be used to pay teacher or administrator salaries.)



Page 4 OFFICIAL LIST OF PROPOSALS 05/05/2015 MAY CONSOLIDATED WAYNE COUNTY
NORTHVILLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS PROPOSAL
MILLAGE RENEWAL PROPOSAL
BUILDING AND SITE SINKING FUND TAX LEVY
Shall the currently authorized millage rate of .9978 mill ($.9978 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) which may be assessed against all property in Northville Public Schools, Wayne, Oakland and Washtenaw Counties, Michigan, be renewed for a period of 5 years, 2016 to 2020, inclusive, to continue to provide for a sinking fund for the construction or repair of school buildings and all other purposes authorized by law; the estimate of the revenue the school district will collect if the millage is approved and levied in 2016 is approximately $2,588,047 (this is a renewal of millage which will expire with the 2015 tax levy)?



RIVERVIEW COMMUNITY SCHOOLS PROPOSALS
I. SCHOOL BONDING PROPOSAL

Shall Riverview Community School District, Wayne County, Michigan, borrow the sum of not to exceed Nineteen Million Nine Hundred Thousand Dollars ($19,900,000) and issue its general obligation unlimited tax bonds therefor, in one or more series, for the purpose of:
partially remodeling, furnishing and refurnishing, equipping and re-equipping school facilities; erecting, furnishing and equipping additions to the high school, in part, for cafeteria, kitchen and office spaces; acquiring, installing and equipping instructional technology for school facilities; constructing and equipping a pre-school playground; and developing and improving sites?
The following is for informational purposes only:
The estimated millage that will be levied for the proposed bonds in 2015, under current law, is 3.38 mills ($3.38 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) for a net increase of 2.80 mills. The maximum number of years the bonds may be outstanding, exclusive of any refunding, is thirty (30) years. The estimated simple average annual millage anticipated to be required to retire this bond debt is 5.28 mills ($5.28 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation).
The school district expects to borrow from the State School Bond Qualification and Loan Program to pay debt service on these bonds. The estimated total principal amount of that borrowing is $1,665,921 and the estimated total interest to be paid thereon is $451,099. The estimated duration of the millage levy associated with that borrowing is 30 years and the estimated computed millage rate for such levy is 7.00 mills. The estimated computed millage rate may change based on changes in certain circumstances.
The total amount of qualified bonds currently outstanding is $5,605,000. The total amount of qualified loans currently outstanding is approximately $-0-.
(Pursuant to State law, expenditure of bond proceeds must be audited, and the proceeds cannot be used for repair or maintenance costs, teacher, administrator or employee salaries, or other operating expenses.)



Page 5 OFFICIAL LIST OF PROPOSALS 05/05/2015 MAY CONSOLIDATED WAYNE COUNTY
RIVERVIEW COMMUNITY SCHOOLS PROPOSALS (cont’d)
II. SCHOOL BONDING PROPOSAL
Shall Riverview Community School District, Wayne County, Michigan, borrow the sum of not to exceed Four Million Seven Hundred Thirty Thousand Dollars ($4,730,000) and issue its general obligation unlimited tax bonds therefor, in one or more series, for the purpose of:
erecting, furnishing and equipping additions to and partially remodeling, furnishing and refurnishing, equipping and re-equipping the middle school for swimming pool improvements; remodeling, furnishing and equipping the high school pool area into a new multi-purpose use; acquiring, installing and equipping technology for the middle school swimming pool; and developing and improving sites?
The following is for informational purposes only:
The estimated millage that will be levied for the proposed bonds in 2015, under current law, is .79 mill ($0.79 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation). The maximum number of years the bonds may be outstanding, exclusive of any refunding, is thirty (30) years. The estimated simple average annual millage anticipated to be required to retire this bond debt is 1.18 mills ($1.18 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation).
The school district does not expect to borrow from the State to pay debt service on the bonds. The total amount of qualified bonds currently outstanding is $5,605,000. The total amount of qualified loans currently outstanding is $-0-. The estimated computed millage rate may change based on changes in certain circumstances.
If both Proposal I and Proposal II pass, the school district expects to borrow from the State School Bond Qualification and Loan Program to pay debt service on these bonds. The estimated total principal amount of that borrowing is $2,600,482 and the estimated total interest to be paid thereon is $2,723,190. The estimated duration of the millage levy associated with that borrowing is 30 years and the estimated computed millage rate for such levy is 7.55 mills. The estimated computed millage rate may change based on changes in certain circumstances.
(Pursuant to State law, expenditure of bond proceeds must be audited, and the proceeds cannot be used for repair or maintenance costs, teacher, administrator or employee salaries, or other operating expenses.)



VAN BUREN PUBLIC SCHOOLS PROPOSAL
MILLAGEPROPOSAL
BUILDING AND SITE SINKING FUND TAX LEVY
Shall Van Buren Public Schools, Counties of Wayne and Washtenaw, State of Michigan, create a sinking fund for the purpose of construction or repair of school buildings and the improvement and development of sites and for any other purpose which may be authorized by law, and be authorized to levy not to exceed 1.13 mills ($1.13 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation) for a period of seven (7) years, 2016 to 2022 inclusive? This levy would renew the sinking fund levy previously authorized by the voters in 2008 for an additional seven (7) years. It is estimated that the revenue the school district will collect if the millage is approved and levied in the 2016 calendar year shall be approximately

$1,715,961 from the local taxes authorized in this proposal. A portion of the revenue collected may be subject to capture by the Van Buren Township Downtown Development Authority.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

NO! NO! NO! to the Sales Tax Increase


Legislative Tax Action Day

Wednesday, April 15 at 1:00 pm
Michigan State Capitol in Lansing, Michigan

Mark your calendars. You can go to either or both of these events. At least
try to make it to one. Pass this on to others in your address book.

Protest against Proposal 1 in front of Troy City Hall


Wednesday, April 15 at 5:00 pm
City of Troy, Michigan Government in Troy, Michigan

I don't know about you, but I am sick and tired of being talked to like I am a child.  There really are a lot of people out there who are gullible, but I would like to think that I am not one of them. Those of us who know better have an obligation to share with those less informed. Not as a test of our superior intellect, because we all have our short comings, but because if they go down we go down with them.  

How people can have faith in their elected officials after they have lied to them over and over again Is beyond my understanding. No matter how good something looks, you need to have a look at what the other side has to say. It is especially important if their are a lot of commercials for one side or the other. Lots of commercials is an indication of how important the issue is and a clue that the results will definitely effect you.
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 7 Reasons to Vote “NO” on the May 5 Tax Hike Proposal 

1.We can't afford even higher taxes. Michigan residents already pay among the highest gas taxes in the country, and most of that money isn't even spent on roads. We pay a 4.25% state income tax where other states have no income tax. The ballot proposal would raise the Michigan sales tax to 7%, whichwould make it the 2nd highest state sales tax in the nation. The proposal would raise taxes about $200 per year for every man, woman, and child in Michigan. $800 for a family of four. 

2. It doesn't solve the budget problem. Lawmakers increased Michigan's state budget by $4.7 billion in just the last four years. The sales tax hike is only projected to take in $2 billion. Raising the sales tax only pays for part of the growth of government! The problem is too much new spending, not too little taxes. If voters approve these tax increases, soon enough we'll be asked for even more.

 3. We can fix our roads and fund our schools without raising taxes. The state House passed a plan last December that would have increased public school funding $2.5 billion over the next eight years and added about $1 billion in road funding each year – with no net tax increase. 

4. Half of the new tax money isn't even for roads. The proposal's backers insist Michigan's roads need to be fixed, but only half of the new tax money would be spent on roads. The rest goes to various special interests that benefit from the new tax money. (Source: michigantaxpayers.com/ newtaxes.php) 

5. Raising prices makes Michigan less competitive. Raising the sales tax effectively makes all goods more expensive: we all inevitably have less money to spend and save. Essentially, it increases the cost of living in Michigan – people need to earn more to live here – and this affects costs at all stages of production, distribution, sales, and service. Higher taxes hurt us all. 

6. The proposal misleads voters and does a lot more than tax and spend. The proposal passes ten laws and a constitutional amendment, with language totaling over 46,000 words: a novel's worth of legalese. These laws include tax credits for low-income wage earners, affirmative action rules in certain state transportation contracting, funding for reading programs, $102 million in new federal income tax liabilities for vehicle registration, and much, much more not reported on the ballot to voters. 

7. Make Lansing do its job. It's wrong for lawmakers to punt to voters a 46 thousand-word legislative package, kicking off a massive political battle and costing us a $10 million election, because lawmakers couldn't agree on a solution to fund roads. Road funding should be a normal, ordinary, completely standard aspect of budget negotiations. 


Vote “NO” to tax hikes on May 5 because Michigan is T AXED E NOUGH A LREADY

Concerned Taxpayers of Michigan, PO Box 211, Milan MI 48160. Permission to reproduce


Friday, March 20, 2015

Detroit School Board President Opposes Sales Tax Increase



For many years conservatives have taken for granted that support for issues we endorse would not be supported by most in the liberal City of Detroit. We can never plan to win over liberals if we do not make an attempt to explain our positions clearly. Below is a cry for help from former Rep. Lammar Lemmons,presently Presedent of the Detroit Board of Education.


Lamar Lemmons
President of the Detroit Board of Education

"The strategy for Detroit will be different than in other parts of the State. Our rational for opposing the Proposal will be different. We need resources. You can use my name in opposing this Proposal. The elected school Board is ready to come out against this proposal. What is happening? There is not a No Vote presence in the city of Detroit. Meanwhile, I am being inundated with vote Yes literature and T.V. Radio adds."

 You need to come out to the press. You are a stimulus to everyone's resources. Tell us what your reasons are. We are pleasantly interested. Our resources are limited as well and the city residents will be much more responsive to you as an elected official.  You can hardly expect people to give you money without knowing if they can can support your reasons and what you want to do with the money.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Vote NO For Sales Tax Increase May 5


The Board of State Canvassers is scheduled to meet this Thursday to adopt final language for the proposal.
Concerned Taxpayers of Michigan is on the Web athttp://michigantaxpayers.com.
The letter delivered by Rep. McMillin reads:
Christopher Thomas, Director of Elections
Bureau of Elections
430 West Allegan St
Lansing, MI 48933
CC: State Board of Canvassers
Dear Director Thomas:
Thank you for providing draft ballot proposal language to the public this past Friday and providing an additional opportunity for public comment before the language is finalized.
The new language makes many significant improvements over the language suggested by the state House in HCR 39 of 2014. First, it clearly states that the state sales tax is increased to 7%. Second, it notes that the motor fuel taxes and vehicle registration fees are increased. Third, it notes some of the other laws that go into effect if and only if the proposal is passed.
However, there are still several shortcomings in the proposed language in the view of Concerned Taxpayers of Michigan, an organization I represent.
First, while the proposed explanatory language does mention of some of the ten laws activated by the proposal, it remains our position that the effect of all ten of these laws, including affirmative action for transportation companies, must be noted in the proposal language.
Each of these laws was distinctive enough to have its own bill number, its own vote by both chambers of the legislature, and its own governor's signature.
There is no mention of Public Act 473, which requires the Department of Transportation to accord preferential treatment to "disadvantaged" businesses. Voters have the right to know that they are activating affirmative action laws in this proposal.
Second, while the language of the explanatory statement is improved, the title of the proposal itself is still misleading, particularly by noting the repeal of sales taxes on gas while omitting mention of the replacement wholesale taxes found in the ten laws activated by the proposal.
I note that the title refers to these ten laws as: "OTHER LAWS THAT INCLUDE DEDICATING REVENUE FOR ROADS AND OTHER TRANSPORTATION PURPOSES."
Yet in the explanation that follows, dedicating revenue for roads is the last point of the second bullet in a list of what these other laws do.
The language of the explanation affirms that the most important aspects of these ten additional laws are the sales tax increase, gas tax increase, and vehicle registration tax increases. Furthermore, to describe the other laws as including "dedicating revenue for roads and other transportation purposes" suggests that each of the laws relates to dedicating revenue for roads, when several of them have nothing to do with roads.
The title should reflect this by saying, for example "OTHER LAWS THAT INCLUDE INCREASED TAXES ON SALES AND FUEL, AND UNRELATED MATTERS."
Third, there is no mention anywhere in the ballot language that a major portion of the revenue is going to mass transit, which is of interest to the large portion of Michigan residents who do not live in an area served by any mass transit (or do live in such area, but feel it is a massive waste of taxpayer money).
The explanatory language comes to exactly the maximum 100 words if each of the four slashes are counted as their own words. Removing the spaces surrounding the slashes reduces the word count to 96. Therefore, it is simple to insert "mass transit" into the bullet point: "Increase motor fuel tax on gasoline/diesel fuel and vehicle registration fees, and dedicate revenue for roads, mass transit, and other transportation purposes."
Fourth, regarding the earned income tax credit, it would be more specific to note it is doubled, not just increased.
Fifth, there is no mention that the vehicle registration fees will no longer be tax deductible for federal taxes, costing taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars. This is an important cost for voters to be aware of.
Sixth, it is an oversimplification to note the proposal requires competitive bidding and warranties for road projects, which applies only in particular circumstances.
Seventh, the language mentions dedicating money for the SAF, but not increasing money to schools.
Eighth, a statement of the total tax/revenue increase, per the Senate or House fiscal agency, would be appropriate to convey to voters the total cost of all the tax increases contained in the proposal.
While I applaud your efforts to improve upon the language of the proposal from what was recommended by the state House and other actors interested in raising these taxes on Michigan, more is needed to present voters with an accurate presentation of the effect of the proposal.
At the minimum, it should be clear that the taxes on fuel being replaced, not simply "repealed" or "eliminated." Each of the ten laws, including the law requiring affirmative action for road projects, must be mentioned, as must the increased funding for schools and public transportation.
Failing these changes, we must maintain that the language misleads voters by omitting these important facts.
Thanks again for your continued work on this issue. Please don't hesitate to contact me if I can be of assistance.
Best regards,
Rep. Tom McMillin (ret.)
Concerned Taxpayers of Michigan
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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Suffer NO Fools

Along with a discussion of the efforts that are gathering steam to oppose a constitutional amendment to raise the sales tax from 6% to 7% and a few other current events, we will be presenting a video about Walter Williams at 7:00 pm at our January 28, meeting at Leon's Family Dining on Michigan Ave.just east of Telegraph.

This video was first presented on public television and is an interesting autobiography as well as a primer on economics.

I was lucky enough to attend a dinner at which Mr. Williams spoke and he distributed videos to those in attendance.

Please extend an invitation to your friends and family. I have seen the video and I think that everyone will enjoy it.