Thursday, February 14, 2008

It's Time For Michigan To Embrace The Fair Tax by Akindele Akinyemi

I support the Michigan Fair Tax bill that State Representative Fulton Sheen has introduced in the House Tax Policy Committee last year. I have previously spoke on supporting the Fair Tax here in Michigan because it is much better than the pitiful Michigan Business Tax we have now.

It's a total damn shame that NO STATE REPRESENTATIVES from Detroit supports the fair tax reform. Please keep these people in mind when they run for re-election in 2008.

State Representative scorecard

Name Dist Party For Against Leans Leans Unknown
For Against
Frank Accavitti Jr. 42 D X
Daniel Acciavatti * 32 R X
David Agema * 74 R X
Fran Amos 43 R X
Kathy Angerer 55 D X
Richard Ball * 85 R X
Joan Bauer 68 D X
Doug Bennett 92 D X
Steve Bieda 25 D X
Darwin Booher * 102 R X
Jack Brandenburg 24 R X
Terry Brown 84 D X
Pam Byrnes 52 D X
Barb Byrum 67 D X
Brian Calley * 87 R X
Tom Casperson * 108 R X
Bruce Caswell * 58 R X
Bill Caul 99 R X
Marsha Cheeks 6 D X
Brenda Clack 34 D X
Ed Clemente 14 D X
Paul Condino 35 D X
Bob Constan 16 D X
Marc Corriveau 20 D X
Andy Coulouris 95 D X
George Cushingberry Jr. 8 D X
Robert Dean 75 D X
Craig DeRoche 38 R X
Andy Dillon 17 D X
Marie Donigan 26 D X
Kate Ebli 56 D X
Kevin Elsenheimer * 105 R X
Judy Emmons * 70 R X
John Espinoza 83 D X
Barbara Farrah 13 D X
Edward Gaffney * 1 R X
John Garfield * 45 R X
Matthew Gillard 106 D X
Lee Gonzales 49 D X
Kevin Green 77 R X
Martin Griffin 64 D X
Richard Hammel 48 D X
Ted Hammon 50 D X
Goeff Hansen 100 R X
Dave Hildenbrand 86 R X
Morris Hood III 11 D X
Jacob Hoogendyk * 61 R X
Hoon-Yung Hopgood 22 D X
Kenneth Horn * 94 R X
Bill Huizenga 90 R X
Joe Hune 47 R X
Shanelle Jackson 9 D X
Bert Johnson 5 D X
Robert Jones 60 D X
Rick Jones * 71 R X
Marty Knollenberg * 41 R X
Michael Lahti 110 D X
Philip LaJoy * 21 R X
Kathleen Law 23 D X
David Law * 39 R X
Richard LeBlanc 18 D X
Gabe Leland 10 D X
LaMar Lemmons Jr. 2 D X
Steven Lindberg 109 D X
Jim Marleau * 46 R X
Jeff Mayes 96 D X
Gary McDowell 107 D X
Mark Meadows 69 D X
Arlan Meekhof * 89 R X
Andy Meisner 27 D X
Tim Melton 29 D X
Kim Meltzer * 33 R X
Fred Miller 31 D X
John Moolenaar 98 R X
Tim Moore * 97 R X
Chuck Moss * 40 R X
Neal Nitz 78 R X
Mike Nofs * 62 R X
Paul Opsommer * 93 R X
Brian Palmer * 36 R X
David Palsrok * 101 R X
John Pastor * 19 R X
Phil Pavlov * 81 R X
Tom Pearce 73 R X
Gino Polidori 15 D X
John Proos 79 R X
David Robertson * 51 R X
Tory Rocca 30 R X
Michael Sak 76 D X
Tonya Schuitmaker * 80 R X
Bettie Cook Scott 3 D X
Rick Shaffer * 59 R X
Fulton Sheen * 88 R X
Joel Sheltrown 103 D X
Mike Simpson 65 D X
Alma Smith 54 D X
Virgil Smith 7 D X
Dudley Spade 57 D X
John Stahl * 82 R X
John Stakoe * 44 R X
Glenn Steil Jr. * 72 R X
Steve Tobocman 12 D X
Aldo Vagnozzi 37 D X
Mary Valentine 91 D X
Howard Walker 104 R X
Chris Ward 66 R X
Rebekah Warren 53 D X
Lorence Wenke * 63 R X
Lisa Wojno 28 D X
Coleman Young II 4 D X
Totals 110 36 74

This is a measure to place before voters in the next general election a Constitutional amendment that would replace the state income tax, the Michigan Business Tax (or its successor), and property taxes levied on business tools and equipment (“personal property tax”) with a 9.5 percent sales tax on all goods and services. A monthly “prebate” of $70 per adult and $24 per child would be sent to every household, to reimburse the amount the tax collects on the purchase of basic necessities. The Joint Resolution makes just the Constitutional changes needed to accommodate the so-called “Fair Tax” plan, while the rest would be established through legislation.
Business-to-business transactions would not be taxed. However, we consumers would be paying taxes on food, rent, home purchases, health care, car insurance, credit card interest and all other consumer purchases. All the state's households would receive a tax rebate that would cover the average taxes paid by a household whose income is just on the poverty line. With the rebate, the average family of four making $28,000 a year would pay no state taxes.

So how come our state lawmakers are having a hard time with embracing this idea. The same reason why they do not understand charter schools...the lack of knowledge. I cannot see how ANYONE in the Michigan Legislative Black Caucus cannot endorse this when it will belefit the urban community.

First it is a broad-based tax: It will tax all consumer purchases of new goods and services. It is likely that consumers will be spending more on services in the future, so this tax will maintain a stable revenue stream.

It does away with the current tax on business investment - the personal-property tax.

It avoids tax pyramiding. Businesses will not be paying taxes on previously taxed goods as all business-to-business sales are exempt from the tax.

It taxes, at least, some of the proceeds of the state's underground and illegal economy. Drug dealers will not collect the tax from their customers, but at least the dealers will pay a tax when they buy their groceries.

It's time for a change in our tax system. For those who are running for state representatives should embrace the fair tax resolution to put before the voters.

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