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.
Gov. Rick Snyder said Monday he wants legislation boosting road funding to be the Legislature’s top priority during its lame duck session after the Nov. 4 election.
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?
Calley also made the Snyder administration’s case for increasing gas taxes.
“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.
Can't really add anything new to what has already been said except for the fact that these people might be onto something.
Yes, I am drawn to argument 2(e).
Shipping costs from producer to market is just the tip of the iceberg.
Every single business in the state will pass this additional cost on to their customers- or go out of business.
And you can rest assured many small businesses will go belly up.......think lawn care, snow removal, appliance repair, heating and cooling, tourism, etc.
And the ones who don't, like utility companies, will definitely be inflicting Snyder on the masses. SMH
The federal Highway Trust Fund is also recommending raising gasoline and fuel prices. Just see what that will do for food, clothing, entertainment and shipping costs. You can kiss tourism goodbye.
Funny you mention the Highway Trust Fund: http://rightmi.com/i-aint-as-good-as-i-once-was/
Nah, can't imagine why it has no money...
So now Snyder wants to tax us again. And that's exactly what this is. He and his Lansing Loons are not content with the huge tax increase they put on the middle class - they want to steal more from us. GOTV and send this clown home. He does not deserve re-election and Michigan sure as hell doesn't deserve what he and his loons have inflicted on this beautiful state. Vote Blue November 4, 2014 and elect Mark Schauer, Gary Peters, and every Democrat on the ballot. Period.
Patti, go be a flake somewhere else.
Okay Patti, I'll play Devil's Advocate on this one.
I've read the "plan" submitted to solve this problem.
Aside from being a little fuzzy on where businesses actually get their money from, how does the Middle Class avoid getting dinged when businesses eventually pay their "fair share"?
The "plan" you apparently support (it's from the candidate you suggested, so it's safe to presume that you agree with it as well), is a little vague in that area.
And just where is MDOT money spent. According to our Rep. Schmidt, head of the Transportation committee, "they won't tell me" wine, sniff, sniff. How much money is spent by state, county and contractors ACTUALLY doing work fixing or building new roads and bridges? How much is overhead?
If you pour a billion $'s in the top of the MDOT org chart I bet very little will actually fix roads. NO MORE TAXES until MDOT tells us where they are spending the money they have now!