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    Who are the NERD fund donors Mr Snyder?

    Raise the curtain.

    David Brandon featured in Ivory Tower

    By Nick, Section News
    Posted on Thu Apr 09, 2009 at 06:20:15 AM EST
    Tags: David Brandon, Domino's, bailout, Lansing, 2010, MBT surcharge (all tags)

    If you're a reader of the Detroit Free Press, Domino's Pizza CEO David Brandon is heading back into your living room (or den or home office) and this time it has nothing to do with selling pizzas.

    Actually, that's not true.  It has EVERYTHING to do with selling pizzas.

    About a month ago, the Ann Arbor based pizza giant started an ad campaign that sought to capitalize on the growing public distaste with this "bailout" business and featured the Michigan job maker walking down the streets (and onto the front porches) of Washington, DC, offering main street his own form of bail out.  Delicious pizza at a cheaper price.

    (It should be noted... I am a pizza fiend.)

    This morning, instead of specifically hawking his pies, Brandon, also the Chairman of Detroit Renaissance, a nonpartisan organization comprised of the best and brightest business minds in the region, is featured on the editorial page of the Ivory Tower where he takes a swing, not at Congress and Wall Street, but at the politicians in Lansing and the monster of a business tax climate they've created.

    And, refreshingly, he doesn't do it with the venom and the vitriol that we're so used to from politicians... he does it by identifying the problems and proposing solutions.

    I don't normally do this but I am going to quote the article... ahem... liberally:

    Read on...

    Michigan needs to become more cost competitive. This is not just my opinion or those of my fellow CEOs on the board of Detroit Renaissance. It is the conclusion of one of the most exhaustive benchmarking studies of our region by McKinsey and Associates.

    Michigan ranked higher in costs than the states we most often compete against for both manufacturing and knowledge-based jobs. (Our manufacturing peers are Tennessee Valley, Chicago, Alabama and Seattle. In the knowledge sector: Houston, Chicago, Boston and Raleigh.)

    ...Some argue that because our tax burden on business is "about average" when compared to other states, we don't need to reduce taxes. But even if Michigan's taxes are calculated in the most favorable light, "average" isn't good enough when the taxes of states we compete with are "below average" and when most other business costs in those states are lower as well.

    So how do we make Michigan more cost competitive? First, let's set a goal. Michigan should be among the top 10 states for the most competitive business tax climate. Second, let's make our business tax environment more stable and predictable. We can do this by adopting multi-year budgets and establishing a more effective forecasting process to avoid future fiscal surprises.

    Finally, we can take an important step toward top-10 status by eliminating the 22% Michigan Business Tax surcharge and enacting some of the $1.5 billion in structural budget reforms the business community has proposed.

    There's much more, too.  Take a gander.  And keep your eyes peeled for this gentleman's name in the coming months.  Its impossible to say what the future holds but this sort of increased visibility and engagement of the issues certainly wouldn't hurt a potential bid for elected office.

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    High taxes (none / 0) (#1)
    by wctaxpayer on Thu Apr 09, 2009 at 01:33:25 PM EST
    I filter my drinking water and I think Mr. Brandon must too. At least he is not giving us a multiple choice question on taxes. He has a plan. Sounds like a decent one to me. Can you imagine he is trying to run it like a business.

    I have to hear more before I would elect him for anything. He has to keep talking and I will keep listening.
    Rose Bogaert, Chair Wayne County Taxpayers Association, Inc.

    I like him. (none / 0) (#2)
    by thejmfc on Fri Apr 10, 2009 at 02:23:45 AM EST
    I would have to know a lot more about his social leanings before I would vote for him, but he seems to have his fiscal thinking straight enough.  

    I did find the way he explained his views to be convincing and refreshing.  Lots of people can spout off the generic talking points (lower taxes, cut spending), but not as many can say where, how, why, etc.  He seems to know what he's talking about.

    Is there any indication (beyond recent publicity) that he might run for an office?  Any speculation what that office might be?  Another entry into the Governor's race, perhaps?

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