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That's right folks, our alleged Republican Super Majority Senate has decided that a 71.42% increase on "tipping fee" another necessary tax hike on Michiganders.
The FY 2011-12 DEQ budget was built on the assumption that this fee would be raised by the amounts contained in the bill. Currently, the solid waste surcharge fee raises approximately $2.8 million per year. The fee is used as the primary funding source for the regulation, inspection and monitoring of private and public solid waste landfills in the State. The Department of Environmental Quality estimates that under the bill, approximately $4.6 million would be raised in FY 2011-12, and using Department estimates for the volume of waste projected to be deposited in FY 2012-13, the fee would raise $4.3 million for FY 2012-13.
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