Apparently the Michigan GOP house has Republicans who want to keep higher taxes and higher spending.
At least some of them anyhow.
Sometimes you gotta just wonder why, when given the chance, some Republican lawmakers refused to consider the amount collected from the working class as too high. Especially given they operate under the banner which says:
I BELIEVE government must practice fiscal responsibility and allow individuals to keep more of the money they earn.
By golly, that seems simple enough.
This is truly “the money they earn.” Oh yeah, I suppose the “fiscal responsibility” component of that oft ignored screed might well provide an ‘out’ for any ausgespielt fiscal-moral compass by a GOP type, but its not as-if the state budget is going down, right?
The following HOUSE REPUBLICANS may be using the excuse that they wanted to see cuts in spending first, but given the insignificant amount of taxes being reduced upfront, doesn’t that itself reveal the expectation that they will not?
The titanic political struggle unfolding in Washington is sucking the oxygen out of Michigan politics, but is analogous to the central political struggle which has been playing out here in Michigan for 48 years. Political media breathlessly report on a struggle between liberal Democrats and conservative Republicans. This struggle is not between Democrats and Republicans, liberals and conservatives, nor RINOs and true believers. The Democrats, liberals, and RINOs are completely discredited in Michigan, as they are across most of the United States. All that remains of them is jammed into the Hillary archipelago.
The present political struggle is between the people and the administrative state. Call it bureaucracy, deep state, or administrative state: they are unelected government employees, their agents in the media, and the select beneficiaries of government largess. Their opponents in this struggle are the majority of Americans and Michiganders who pay the price for the administrative state; a now seething mass whose ascendancy was a rude surprise to the administrative state.
It's that time again. Beg your king for tax forgiveness.
Perhaps someday, we won’t have to ask permission to opt out of buying our business equipment over and over.
For the time being however, if the business related property you own is less than $80,000 in true cash value, you must. IF you don’t feel like paying property tax on it. Our benevolent overlords have made it possible with Michigan Department of Treasury form 5076; that ‘golden ticket’ for small business which relieves them of the perpetual financial burden of fixture ownership.
Of course it is hardly an everlasting gobstopper of taxation relief. the 5076 form must be filed annually, and specifically with your local township, city or village taxing unit.
You have until February 10 to turn this sucker in.
Sure, the road tax puts us at the most expensive gas tax level in the country. And because of the idiocy of OUR large groups in Lansing, it even protects itself for inflation! But even so, our absurd taxation scheme has been relegated to second place in absurd tax schemes.
If Michigan were to follow the lead of Philadelphia (which I think could somehow happen), every six pack of coke 16.9oz bottles would have $1.52 tacked on. Every Pepsi 8 pack would have $2.03 added on.
We expected the gas tax increase to bring about a $0.07 gas, and $0.11 diesel bump, but ..
We are getting reports from around the state show increases are a little higher. In Traverse City, Gasoline that was at $2.33 per gallon jumped to $2.47, and stations with $2.35 gas jumped to $2.59. It seems there is some confusion caused by the GOP led legislature’s ‘Christmas’ present of 2015.
Traverse City enables more cronyism in its latest money grab.
Does a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) scheme really work?
It seems that each year, special TIF districts are set up throughout our state in order to promote growth or development of a particular economy or industry. The revenues raised through a TIF scheme are theoretically targeted, specifically for the district raising the value of that district over a specified period of time.
But does it work well enough and is it worth the effort, and goodwill lost, as it continues to be abused by those who hold the authority? As voters look at the millage requests on the ballot, they now see the language that reminds them that not-all-of their voted in millage will go where it is intended.
With Michigan's upcoming confiscatory registration hikes, its time! - Save 20% by renewing early.
Michigan vehicle owners can renew their registrations up to 6 months ahead of time.
If your tabs are going to be due from now till June, its time to act to save a few bucks. Using Express SOS, you can avoid the 20% markup this year that our tax hungry legislature and governor have in store as-of Jan 1, 2017.