Now that the Michigan Chamber of Commerce has bailed on Snyder and Calley two days ago, it becomes painfully obvious that somebody is sniffing at 2018 in the air.
Attorney General Bill Schuette said Wednesday he opposes the Proposal 1 sales tax increase on the May 5 ballot, making him the latest Republican politician to buck Gov. Rick Snyder’s plan to raise $1.2 billion in new road funding.
Schuette told The Detroit News that the proposal’s $700 million in added taxes and spending on schools, municipalities and a tax break for low-income families are a bad policy prescription for fixing the state’s roads.
“On a policy basis, Prop 1 has a lot of potholes,” Schuette said in an interview. “There’s too much under the Christmas tree that goes beyond roads.”
Schuette would not say whether he would have supported a sales tax increase that dedicated new money only to roads and bridges.
Cutesy catchphrase that impresses some staffers, which is all fine and dandy, however, when is AG Schuette going to start probing MDOT with the department he created? Pick a spot. Any spot.
Interesting too is how Ruth Johnson now keeps her yap shut about the registration fee hike and loss of deduction within Proposal 2015-1, huh?
I'd be a little apprehensive until we find out what happens on May 6th.
Catching up with some friends in Eastpointe earlier this afternoon, I was pretty much assured that tax hike would go down in flames based upon their speaking with other local residents.
Still, it's a shame that these politicians didn't have their little epiphany about this cockamamie scheme/bribe to democrats way back in December when it mattered the most.
An interesting bit of Sun Tzu-style strategy I've recently learned about is that several members of the Republican Caucus in the State House actually engineered the piece of sausage specifically to ensure that the voters would kill it at the ballot box. Apparently, if you peel back the onion layers from all of the crap that's tie-barred into 2014-HJR-UU and look at the things that the GoverNerd really wanted, he had the votes in the legislature to pass them if they came through as a clean bill.
Unfortunately, this is not war. Or at least it ought not be. And in the mean time they DID pass the Amazon tax garbage, which is a bell that cannot be unrung through a "NO" result.