Michigan Mishigas

From mlive.com:

When Republicans won everything in Michigan last year, they were supposed to put an end to tax increases forever.

Well, that lasted until Gov. Rick Snyder came up with his budget that taxes pensions (sorry, Grandma), eliminates the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for low-income working folks and freezes the income tax at 4.25 percent instead of gradually rolling it back to 3.9 percent.

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But here’s something that really gets at the heart of their movement. Republicans have figured out that by inserting a $100 spending appropriation in tax-hiking bills, they can avoid voters putting the plan up for a referendum.

Wow. That doesn’t seem to respect the Tea Partiers’ agenda of less spending, less government and less taxes. And it seems to be a big kiss-off to taxpaying voters who might not agree with their policies and want to take action.

From the Daily Tribune:

Fair or not, if there’s one element of Gov. Rick Snyder’s proposed state budget that’s promising to be a tough sell, it’s taxing the public and private pensions of retirees.

A $900 million revenue generator, it’s a big piece of balancing the governor’s budget in light of other proposals to cut taxes for Michigan businesses.

The heat on lawmakers in Lansing is increasing by seniors and social organizations, who say it’s unfair to add taxes to seniors while cutting government services and taxes on businesses.

The governor argues that taxing public and private pensions is fair because the state’s population is aging and the state is among the most generous toward its retirees in terms of taxation.

Opponents of the proposed tax on pensions plan to rally at the state Capitol from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 15, with speakers between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
“We don’t think it’s fair the governor increases tax on seniors and the poor while giving breaks to business and cutting services,” said Mark Horbeck, of AARP Michigan, a sponsor of the rally. “Seniors and the working poor are going to be asked to pay more taxes. What do they get in return? Less services and a business tax cut.”

Other groups expected to attend include the Michigan League for Human Services and the state employee retirement association, as well as lawmakers from both parties, said Horbeck, though he declined to name the lawmakers.

AARP is one of the sponsors of the rally, but the rally was really the brainchild of Mary Lee Woodward of Oxford, a General Motors retiree who launched a Facebook page to protest the proposed tax.

“She started it on Facebook and it started to multiply,” Horbeck said.

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More than 95,000 people have viewed her Facebook page.

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Meanwhile, the Michigan Democratic Party has launched an online petition against the governor’s budget proposal.

“Voters are seeing through the Republican rhetoric and realize this budget is balanced on the backs of seniors, kids, middle-class families, and low-wage workers all to pay for a nearly $2 billion tax cut to special interests like big corporations, big banks, CEOs, and insurance companies,” party Chairman Mark Brewer said in a statement late Thursday.

The online petition is at www.michigandems.com.

Republicans control both the House and the Senate, and Democrats have lined up against the governor’s tax proposals.

State Sen. John Pappageorge, R-Troy, sits on both the Senate Finance Committee and the Senate Appropriations Committee, which will deal with both Snyder’s tax proposals and spending plans.

He says it’s too early to tell whether taxing pensions is an idea that will eventually pass the Legislature.

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24 responses to “Michigan Mishigas

  1. If you want outrage, check out the insane stuff Congressman Tom McClintock who now chairs committees over water and trees and mineral in US, and does not believer in climate change and to top it off is Tea Party cheerleader, is attempting to defund or kill regs.

  2. Thank you Nonnie. It’s time The Nerd made an appearance in the Raisin.

    • “State Sen. John Pappageorge, R-Troy, sits on both the Senate Finance Committee and the Senate Appropriations Committee, which will deal with both Snyder’s tax proposals and spending plans.”

      I regret to say that this vile man is my state senator. You name a progressive constituency, and they hate his guts. I understand the feeling is mutual. The best thing I can say about him is that he won’t be my state senator four years from now; for once, I actually appreciate term limits.

      • i’ve owed you a michigan/nerd poster for a while, neon vincent! :D i was so caught up in the drama in wisconsin that i wasn’t really paying close attention to what was going on in michigan. pappageorge sounds too much like papa john’s, so i can only think of pizza, and i can’t take anything he says seriously. :wink: glad you’ll be rid of him in a few years. let’s hope he doesn’t run for any other office.

        • I’m glad I’ll be rid of him then, too. I might be so lucky as to be rid of him sooner, since all assembly and senate districts will be redistricted this year and his district might not include where I live next year.

          As for his running for another office, he probably will try to take on the U.S. Representative in my area when his term is up. The state legislature is going to be redistricting U.S. House seats as well, and it wouldn’t surprise me in the least if he helps gerrymander a district that would be conducive to his chances.

        • Don’t feel bad about not paying attention to what’s happening here. Until Rachel Maddow called attention to the Emergency Financial Manager bill, most people had no idea about all the drama here.

          • the gerrymandering that will go on this year will be epic, and that will be a very bad thing. that’s the thing i feared the most after all the teabagging rethugs won governorships. in hindsight, that might be the least of it. everything else they’re doing is so vile and undemocratic.

            • You and me both when it came to the worst thing they could do would be the gerrymandering. Just wait. They’ll make it worse than we imagined and will flout the law to boot. When I diaried about redistricting on the Big Orange, I speculated that the most likely thing they’d do is put my representative Gary Peters in the same district as Levin to knock one of them out. The next most likely would be to pit Conyers against Dingell in a battle to run out at least one of the lions of the House. That’s not what the conservative bloggers want them to do. They want to screw over the city of Detroit in the worst possible way by combining the districts of Conyers and Clarke. That would be very dangerous, as that plan would be challenged as a violation of the Voters Rights Act and would likely be overturned. The progressives all thought the state GOP would have more sense than to do that. After seeing what they’ve been doing the past few months, I no longer think that. I think they might just go ahead and do the illegal thing just to see if they can get away with it.

  3. The irony of the “emergency enabling act” is they are hell bent on playing out the plot of the Robocop movie where Omni Consumer Products buys and operates the city of Detroit. And we have been told over and over how much better private enterprise can get things done. Just last week when stories announce the crazed Lybian bringing in killer mercenaries, I was pondering: Blackwater or Wakenhut? But Motown will just have to enjoy the wonderment of corporate happiness. I’d pay a dollar for that!

    • we’ll see how much the people who voted for these rethugs like private enterprise when they’re paying out the wazoo for services that they used to get free from the government. i’m sure they’ll be happy in the poorhouse, having made their sacrifice, while the rich are sitting in their mansions counting their money.

  4. Tax cuts for business while everyone else gets increases?

    Anyone who didn’t expect that from the Republicans wasn’t paying attention.

    Anyone who doesn’t realize now that that’s what they stand for, has no excuse.

    All those people who didn’t vote in 2010 and let this mess happen need to correct their error next year.

    Does Michigan have a provision for recalls like Indiana does?

    • yes, according to ballotpedia:

      The citizens of Michigan are granted the authority to perform a recall election by Section 8 of Article II of the Michigan Constitution. All elected officials in the state are subject to recall except judges of courts of record.

      …snip…

      Michigan politicians who are otherwise subject to recall cannot be recalled in the first six months, or the last six months, of their current term in office.

      …snip…

      The number of valid signatures required to force a recall election is equal to 25 percent of the number of persons that voted in the last preceding election for the office of Governor of Michigan in the electoral district of the officer sought to be recalled.

      i guess the one good thing about low-turnout elections is that it means having to get fewer signatures for a recall.

  5. These new republicans are freakin’ heartless.
    Even more than the old ones.

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