Northern Resistance

Two Northern County parties on record in opposition to proposal 15-1.

STOP-167Antrim and Grand Traverse County Republicans have said “nope.”

Last Thursday (February 5, 2015), a couple of Northern Michigan county conventions had the opportunity to vote on a resolution in opposition to the 17% sales tax increase.  With only ONE dissenting in the Antrim County convention, and NO vocalized dissent in the Grand Traverse County convention, both county Republican parties made it clear that the tax increase was unacceptable.

The GTGOP event had about 70 voting delegates present. Antrim had 43 signed in

In the Grand Traverse County Republican event, delegate Matt Schoech read off the resolution as a last order of business, when a motion by Dennis Lennox to vote without the reading was not seconded. He read:

Resolution of the Grand Traverse County Republican Elected Delegates February 5, 2015

Whereas, Michigan republicans, through our national platform, promote low taxes and conservative spending, while living within our budget:

Whereas, the Michigan legislature has the duty of maintaining quality roads through allocation of funds levied from the public in the form of taxes,

Whereas, the Michigan legislature increased both the state and federal spending within our annual budget by $5.3 billion since 2011,

Whereas, the Michigan legislature relinquished their responsibility by voting to force citizens, through a publicly funded ballot initiative, to increase their taxes for “road funding”,

Whereas, the Michigan legislature proposed massive tax increases in the form of an increased sales tax, and wholesale gas tax of which as much as 58% would be allocated for other spending besides our roads,

Whereas, should the May 5th ballot proposal known as “Prop 15-1” pass, it would force Michigan drivers to pay the highest gas tax in the nation; and,

Whereas, the Michigan legislature could have reduced corporate welfare programs such as “film credits” totaling $100 million, and could have raised another $224 million by repealing the “prevailing wage” laws that prevent competitive bidding on state construction projects, now,  therefore be it

Resolved, that the Republican precinct delegates of Grand Traverse County meeting in convention:

1.     Stand in opposition to Proposal 15-1, and

2.     Should the proposal fail, we insist that the Michigan legislature seek and alternative solution to road funding which includes cutting wasteful spending while finding the necessary funds within our current annual budget.

Be it further resolved;  that a copy of this resolution be distributed to Governor Snyder, Michigan House Speaker Kevin Cotter, Michigan Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, and the MRP Chairperson.

It passed by Unanimous voice vote.

The Antrim resolution was identical and passed with one nay. Both resolutions are being delivered to policy makers as instructed by the resolutions themselves.

I would suggest lawmakers start preparing their taxpayer friendly legislation to fix the MEDC blown hole in the deficit, and get our roads fixed ASAP.  Few supporters exist for the complicated tax raising proposal that is being promoted by this governor, and the political support mechanisms are noticeably in opposition.

The turkey ain’t going to fly.

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  9 comments for “Northern Resistance

  1. Corinthian Scales
    February 10, 2015 at 11:14 am

    Good to read. This post should be shared far and wide. As far as suggestions go to our lawmakers to get preparing "taxpayer friendly legislation," the MEDC is a good start. Tho, be mindful that there is another bureaucrat fiefdom, which is in desperate need of being neutered back to its proper function, and it can start by repealing and/or, cutting off another avenue of MDOT's costly lunacy: https://www.mackinac.org/18701

    Meekhof voted against that crap as a Rep., and now calls the shots as SML - it's time for Arlan, to sh!t or get off the pot. D!cking around with in-your-face to the Nerd, which in his increased super majority position is not the pressing priority for taxpayers.

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  2. Tom Backers
    February 11, 2015 at 11:46 am

    Submitted same to Kalkaska for an Exec Comm vote...and then there is D13...

    Resolution opposing the May 5th ballot proposal
    Opposition to the May 5th, 2015 Ballot Proposal
    Resolution of the 13th Congressional District Republican Committee (CDRC)

    Whereas Michigan republicans, through our national platform, promote low taxes and conservative spending, while living within our budget;

    Whereas the Michigan legislature has the duty of maintaining quality roads through allocation of funds levied from the public in the form of taxes;

    Whereas the Michigan legislature increased both the state and federal spending within our annual budget by $5.3 billion since 2011;

    Whereas the Michigan legislature relinquished their responsibility by voting to force citizens, through a publicly funded ballot initiative, to increase their taxes for “road funding”;

    Whereas the Michigan legislature proposed massive tax increases in the form an increased sales tax, vehicle registration fees, and wholesale gas tax of which as much as 58% would be allocated for other spending besides our roads,

    Whereas should the May 5th ballot proposal known as “Prop 15-1” pass, it would force Michigan drivers to pay the highest gas tax in the nation; and

    Whereas the Michigan legislature could have reduced corporate welfare programs such as “film credits” totaling $100 million, and could have raised another $224 million by repealing the “prevailing wage” laws that prevent competitive bidding on state construction projects; now, therefore be it

    Resolved, that the 13th CDRC, on behalf of its members:
    1. Stand in opposition to Proposal 15-1, and,
    2. Should the proposal fail, we insist that the Michigan legislature seek an alternative solution to road funding which includes cutting wasteful spending while finding the necessary funds within our current annual budget.

    Be it further resolved; that a copy of this resolution be distributed to Governor Snyder, Michigan House Speaker Kevin Cotter, Michigan Senate Majority leader Arlan Meekhof, and the MRP chairperson.

    ________________________________
    13Th CDRC chair
    Passed by the delegates of 13th district caucus/convention, February 20, 2015

    Mover: David A Dudenhoefer

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    • Tom Backers
      February 11, 2015 at 11:47 am

      I intend to introduce it at the D1 caucus...

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  3. Jim Fuscaldo
    April 21, 2015 at 10:00 am

    It seems to me at the time Proposal 1 was being considered Wayne Schmidt was chairman of the House Transportation Committee. Republicans elected him to the Senate to replace the progressive Howard Walker! We have found the enemy! He is US!

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    • Corinthian Scales
      April 21, 2015 at 10:20 am

      Yep. But, you cannot blame the good folks here at RightMi.com, especially, J-man for not trying to warn you all about Wayne Schmidt, now riding the Hollywood payola gravy train along with SML Arlan Richardvile v2.0

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