Saturday, October 06, 2007

Let's Tax Ourselves to Death by Akindele Akinyemi

Take a good look at those House members who raised your taxes in a time when unemployment is at 7.4%.

Reps Frank Accavitti Jr., Kathy Angerer, Joan Bauer, Doug Bennett, Steve Bieda and Terry Brown.

Reps Pam Byrnes, Barb Byrum, Marsha Cheeks, Brenda Clack, Ed Clemente and Paul Condino.

Reps Bob Constan, Marc Corriveau, Andy Coulouris, George Cushingberry, Robert Dean and Andy Dillon.

Reps Marie Donigan, Kate Ebli, John Espinoza, Barbara Farrah, Matthew Gillard and Lee Gonzales.

Reps Martin Griffin, Richard Hammel, Ted Hammon, Morris Hood, III, Hoon-Yung Hopgood and Shanelle Jackson.

Reps Bert Johnson, Robert Jones, Michael Lahti, Kathleen Law, Richard LeBlanc and Gabe Leland.

Reps Lamar Lemmons, Jr., Steven Lindberg, Jeff Mayes, Gary McDowell, Mark Meadows and Andy Meisner.

Reps Tim Melton, Fred Miller, Gino Polidori, Mike Sak, Bettie Cook Scott and Joel Sheltrown.

Reps Mike Simpson, Alma Smith, Virgil Smith, Dudley Spade, Steve Tobocman and Aldo Vagnozzi.

Reps Mary Valentine, Rebekah Warren, Lisa Wojno and Coleman Young, II.


Some of us will never get it. There are a myriad of cuts that could be made before public safety and schools are impacted. For example, a friend of mine just had her pay cut $15,000 a year because her Michigan based company is going straight to hell. She had a choice, pay cut or unemployment. I can tell you for sure she is planning cuts in her family budget, just like most of the rest of us.

No one used the kitchen table method. When you have a family of four and money gets tight you NEVER increase spending. You CUT back. The same method should have been used to help balance the budget in Michigan.

Again, like I said in my last post, common sense approaches will make all the difference in the world.

I don't think it necessary to begin taxing services with a sales tax. There are many programs that could be cut from our budget without hurting citizens one bit.

There are a million interpretation, nexus and jurisdictional issues involved that will be costly and will discourage businesses from coming here.

Even if I grant you that taxing services was necessary, I'm pissed about the way it was implemented. Instead of evenly applying a service tax to all services, as was your rational when you shoved this down our throats, you hit the smallest, least powerfully-connected services and let their connected, powerful lobbies off at their expense.

The following Senate legislators supported 2007 House Bill 5198 (Impose new 6 percent tax on many services ):

Barcia (D) Basham (D) Brater (D) Cherry (D) Clark-Coleman (D) Clarke (D)
Garcia (R) Gleason (D) Hunter (D) Jacobs (D) Jelinek (R) Kuipers (R)
Olshove (D) Prusi (D) Schauer (D) Scott (D) Switalski (D) Thomas (D)
Whitmer (D)

The following legislators opposed 2007 House Bill 5198 (Impose new 6 percent tax on many services ):

Allen (R) Anderson (D) Birkholz (R) Bishop (R) Brown (R) Cassis (R)
Cropsey (R) George (R) Gilbert (R) Hardiman (R) Jansen (R) Kahn (R)
McManus (R) Pappageorge (R) Patterson (R) Richardville (R) Sanborn (R) Stamas (R)
Van Woerkom (R)

This was passed in the Senate (19 to 19) on October 1, 2007, to impose a 6 percent tax on a wide variety of services, including various personal services, and a number of services used primarily by businesses.

The BIGGER issue is why does everything have to be split down party lines? The Democrats blame the past Republican governor; the Republicans blame the current governor. In all honestly, this took too long to fix. You bicker and fight but where are the solutions to the problem. The solutions are easy to find if you can figure out the problem.

I am for reforming government in this state. Some of those who waited to the last minute to raise my taxes should be formed by being born again in the Blood of Christ. Even Jesus Christ has a problem with you raising my taxes to keep my family in the poor house.

Maybe we should join the Michigan Taxpayers Alliance to send a message to those who are anti-family.

Just when I thought the Michigan economy had bottomed out, our legislature found a way to make it worse. When it's time for me to continue my work on my doctorate I will highly consider leaving Michigan.

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