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Tag: SB 0146
By Corinthian Scales, Section News
For the premium paid, why are funds for dredging even an issue?
The state Senate is considering taking $30 million from Michigan's rainy day fund for emergency dredging of harbors and waterways this year to relieve shallows that threaten the state's boating industry as a result of historic low levels in the Great Lakes.
The article goes on to state that MDOT's budget may be tapped. Perhaps, that's not out of the question considering how many boats I see filling up at gas stations paying road tax. Well, at least the ones not using Rec Gas, and Off-road Diesel like I do, anyway. Better question is where in the Hell has all the registration fee monies gone? Has anyone actually sat down and looked at the Watercraft Fee Schedule? It's got-damn obscene. Add insult to injury, the article glosses over reviving a local tax grab scheme too.
"Everything is on the table," said state Sen. Geoff Hansen, R-Hart, who is taking the lead in the effort.
No, Sen. Hansen. $630M rainy day fund? It's enough of the Bee esS. No new taxes - period. Dredge the damn waterways.
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