Good news from Northern Michigan Republicans.
I thought it strange, and frankly I had my doubts on how long I could tolerate such craziness if it was true. Especially given the resolutions saying “NO” to 15-1 by delegates for most of the county parties which make up the first district. In fact, Grand Traverse County passed a resolution that was voted on by delegates and passed unanimously Feb 5.
My first instinct was spot on.
No worries in the first district. Following the lead by the county parties within, and several other Republican districts without, the passing of a “NO” statement on 15-1 was easy at a 21 to 2 vote count. Well done first district Republicans.
The resolution as passed is below the fold.
Resolution in Opposition to Proposal 15-1
Sponsor: Luke Londo
Co-Sponsor: James Hogge
WHEREAS: The National Republican Platform advocates lowering taxes, reducing the size and scope of government, and decreasing spending, and
WHEREAS: The State of Michigan, through taxation, is responsible for upkeep andmaintenance of our roads, and
WHEREAS: Proposal 15-1, which would raise approximately $2 billion annually, would only allocate $1.3 billion towards roads, a meager 65%, and
WHEREAS: Of that $1.3 billion, only $400 million the first year, and $800 million in the second year, would actually go toward improving our decaying roads, and
WHEREAS: A proposal sold to the public as fixing our roads should exclusively contain funding for that purpose, and
WHEREAS: Alternative proposals, which do not raise taxes nearly 20% on Michigan citizens,
are feasible and
WHEREAS: Proposal 15-1 would give Michigan the highest gas tax in the nation, and
WHEREAS: Michigan’s budget has grown by over $5 billion since 2011, a quarter of which would solve fixing our roads.
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED:
That the First Congressional District Republican Committee stands in firm opposition to proposal 15-1, encouraging citizens to vote no, and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED:
That this body encourages the State Legislature takes up an alternative proposal that doesn’t raise taxes, utilizes existing spending, and allocates funding strictly for the improvement and maintenance of our roads.
Adopted by a 21-2 vote of the First Congressional District Republican Committee at a meeting held on April 20, 2015.
Chairman, First Congressional District Republican Committee
And the First congressional district joins many others.
The Saginaw GOP sent out this press release:
County Republican Parties and Republican Congressional District organizations from across Michigan are lining up against the Proposal for a variety of reasons. The list of Republican organizations and elected officials announcing opposition to the Proposal continues to grow, with over 25 announced so far. Saginaw County Republican Party Executive Committee Chair, Amy Carl, notes that the reasons include:
General opposition to tax increases, the bulk of the increase in sales tax revenue in the first year is earmarked to pay off previous debts and will have no immediate affect on road funding, the sales taxes are not actually earmarked for road purposes and therefore can be spent for any other purposes at any time by simple legislative votes, and the proposal language hides its intents because it does not detail the actual changes to various state laws that will occur automatically if the proposal is passed.
Additionally, the Michigan House of Representatives passed a bill during 2014 that would have raised the same amount of money for roads as the current Proposal claims to, without raising taxes at all. This is proof that the legislators can prioritize Michigan’s existing funds. The Michigan Senate failed to follow through on that bill, but many of those Senators have been term limited out of office and the new Senate should have a chance to come up with a plan for road funding.
At the Saginaw County Republican Party Executive Committee meeting of January 21, 2015, the Party passed a resolution urging the citizens of Saginaw County and the State of Michigan to register a NO vote on Proposal 15-1 at the May 5, 2015 election. This was the first Republican organization to oppose Proposal 15-1. The list of Republican organizations and elected officials announcing opposition to the Proposal to amend the Michigan Constitution at this writing are:
Saginaw County Republican Party – January 21st
Antrim County Republican Party – February 5th
Grand Traverse County Republican Party – February 5th
Washtenaw County Republican Party – February 12th
Emmett County Republican Party – February 19th
Ronna Romney McDaniel – Michigan Republican Party Chair – February 20th
Norm Hughes, candidate for Michigan Republican Party Chair – February 20th
Kim Shmina, candidate for Michigan Republican Party Chair – February 20th
Bill Schuette – Michigan Attorney General – March 4th
Macomb County Republican Party – March 9th
12th Congressional District Republican Committee – March 10th
Lake County Republican Party – March 16th
13th Congressional District Republican Committee – March 17th
Gratiot County Republican Party – March 18th
5th Congressional District Republican Committee – March 19th
7th Congressional District Republican Committee – March 24th
Tuscola County Republican Party – March 25th
Alcona County Republican Party – March 26th
Republican Committee of Northern Macomb County – March 30th
Livingston County Republican Party – April 9th
Kalkaska County Republican Party – April 10th
11th Congressional District Republican Committee – April 14th
St. Clair County Republican Party – April 20th
Arenac County Republican Party – date uncertain
Benzie County Republican Party – date uncertain
Eaton County Republican Party – date uncertain
Genesee County Republican Party – date uncertain
Houghton County Republican Party – date uncertain
Iosco County Republican Party – date uncertain
Lapeer County Republican Party – date uncertain
Presque Isle County Republican Party – date uncertain
10th Congressional District Republican Committee – date uncertain
These results are not surprising, as polling done at the Michigan Republican Party Convention in February found that fewer than a quarter of the delegates who responded support Proposal 1. Also, in a news conference on February 5th, Michigan House Speaker Kevin Cotter stated the Republican Party legislators’ caucus would not endorse the sales tax hike. This is likely because many newly elected Republican legislators have publicly opposed the measure. At least a dozen legislators have already introduced bills to fund road improvements by alternate means should Proposal 1 fail.
Yeah. Like that.