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Category Archives: Taxes
ShareA recent town hall meeting on road funding in Wexford County revealed a lot about the condition of our roads. It also revealed the most likely scenario for funding ongoing road repairs. County Road Association of Michigan Deputy Director Ed Noyola set the … Continue reading
Michigan’s Poor and Middle Class are Disproportionately Burdened with Taxes. Snyder’s Road Bill Would Add to the Problem.
ShareMichigan has a fairly regressive tax rate. According to data from The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP), the bottom 80% of Michiganders pay almost 10% of their income in taxes while the top 20% only pay about 7% of their … Continue reading
Share A number of times lately someone has said to me “either these Republicans are really smart or really stupid.” I think the latter is far more likely. I’d like to introduce two pieces of evidence to support the case … Continue reading
Share There are over 100 references in the bible about caring for the poor. One that seems to fit Michigan’s current political climate comes from Proverbs 22:16. “He who oppresses the poor to increase his wealth and he who gives gifts … Continue reading
ShareWhen teachers push back against Republican school “reforms,” Republicans like to say ”this isn’t about the adults.” Yet all the Republican “reforms” seem to be targeted at teachers (the adults) rather than at the students (the kids). Taking away a teacher’s job security, by essentially eliminating seniority … Continue reading
Share It is 2012, a new tax year, and in Michigan the beginning of a free ride for two thirds of businesses in Michigan. Thanks to Governor Snyder, and his fellow business owners, I mean Republicans, only businesses organized as ”C” corporations will have to pay … Continue reading
ShareGovernor Snyder, and his town criers (a.k.a. your elected officials), tell us that one of their top priorities is to stop college graduates from leaving the state. In 2007, the last year I could find hard data on, the state lost about … Continue reading
ShareI was driving through Grand Rapids and noticed a new Biggby Coffee billboard. The billboard says something like “maybe you’ve heard, Biggby Coffe is accepting new franchise locations.” While I’m a big fan of Michigan businesses, I am not a fan of Biggby Coffee. Here is why. You may remember that … Continue reading
ShareFor the most part, Michigan Republicans have been able to put up a united front. In fact, if you have talked to one, you have talked to them all. One common line is “what would you do about the deficit?” … Continue reading
ShareJase Bolger, the Michigan Speaker of the House, is one of many politicians who are deceiving Michiganders on the business climate in Michigan. In Bolger’s recent Detroit Free Press Commentary, he said that Michigan is ranked 48th in “corporate tax … Continue reading