As if raiding pensions (wasn’t necessary), raising the State Income Tax, and growing a budget now spending $1 Billion per week were not enough, Snyder broadcasts the real MI-GOP wallet gouging and family budget busting.
The Republican governor, who faces a tough re-election against Democrat Mark Schauer, has struggled to get the GOP-controlled Legislature to adopt a plan to raise at least $1.2 billion in additional annual revenue for road funding through increases in the fuel tax and vehicle registration fees.
“I still consider that a priority I want to get done in the first term,” Snyder said at the West Michigan Policy Forum’s conference at the Amway Grand Hotel.
In June, the Senate adjourned for the summer after rejecting a gas tax hike and higher fees for heavy trucks that Snyder supported. Schauer has criticized the governor’s leadership on the issue, but said he’s opposed to increasing the 19 cents-per-gallon gas tax.
At least Schauer has sense enough not to tread into that particular Nerd swamp, especially, when MDOT’s multi-million dollar operation is dabbling in Wisconsin’s unwanted choo-choos, and tax dollars wasted on Hollywood productions at every turn. For that matter, let’s table for discussion the Nerd’s “Showcase Trail” at the cost of $1 Million per mile. Yes, our fuel taxes go to Complete Streets bicycle nonsense.
So, what does Mr. “Never publicly opposed the governor” have to say about this wholesale price tax hike?
“With a fixed cents per gallon, the tax stagnates when prices go up and actually drops because of inflation. Right now, we are operating at 1997 buying power (on road) appropriations,” Calley said.
Good luck peddling that line of crap to all the single moms out there when their grocery costs go through the roof, “Li’l buddy“. Family staples don’t just magically appear on store shelves by themselves. It takes diesel, and those heavy trucks they’re trying to put the screws to with outlandish fees, which as always is passed onto us – the consumer. One word can explain the outcome of the Snyder/Calley Rack Price Fuel Tax scheme: Volatile.
As was read on RightMi.com yesterday, there is a growing number of folks who are seeing the wisdom in not giving Snyder his “lame duck” term in office.