The Detroit Free Press published a poll about the proposed sales tax increase. Citizens will go to the polls on May 5, 2015 to decide whether or not they want to increase the Michigan sales tax by 16.7%. This initial poll indicates we have a good chance of defeating the Snyder Tax; however, there is work to do.
Excerpts from the Free Press article are shown below, along with our analysis and commentary. It is not too early to be informing your friends and neighbors about this ballot proposal. Absentee ballots will likely be mailed out in early April.
A reporter at my local paper asked me to comment on Governor Snyder’s State of the State address. I took this opportunity to, once again, blast Snyder’s proposed tax increase. It is unconscionable that with all Republican control in Lansing that we are having to even consider raising taxes. With Republicans in control we should be looking at streamlining government, not growing it.
After returning home from an evening meeting I sent out a press release blasting Governor Snyder's road plan. During this meeting of conservative activists I caught a portion of Snyder's State of the State address. His plan to fix the roads is nothing short of "Highway Robbery." Why did I call it Highway Robbery? Well, during his first term in office spending has increased by $4.7 billion per year yet he claims he can't find $1.2 billion to fix the roads. His mismanagement of our tax dollars is equivalent to robbing Michigan citizens of their hard-earned wages.
His solution to the road problem is to increase our sales tax by 16.7%. This would stick Michigan with the second highest state sales tax rate in the nation. Snyder needs to use his training as an accountant to reallocate about 2% of current spending to fix our roads.
My press release was referenced by a couple of local news organizations. Click the links below to view recent media stories about Snyder's Highway Robbery.
Here is an audio recording of the January 21, 2015 news article heard on WHMI 93.5.
You too can help spread the word about Snyder's Highway Robbery. The best way for an individual activist to help deliver our message is to write one or more letters to the editor of your local newspaper.
RetakeOurGov has assembled alist of reasons why citizens should oppose this Highway Robbery. We encourage you to select one of these reasons and write a letter to the editor of your local paper and express your opposition to this Highway Robbery.
(Did you know that Letters to the Editor are the third most read section of the newspaper? Only the sports page and comics rank higher in popularity than Letters to the Editor. Every activist needs to get into the habit of writing letters to the editor of their local paper, as this is the best way to deliver your message to citizens who are not directly involved in the conservative movement. Please contact us if you need help in developing your letter writing skills or letter writing strategy.)
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DTE Energy is petitioning the State of Michigan for a rate increase. A comparison of electricity rates in the Midwest indicates that this rate increase is unwarranted. This email contains information on what you can do to defeat this rate hike.
I concur with the view that Michigan's roads have been neglected and need significant improvements. I also support the need to find money to fix them. What surprised me is that our Republican governor and Legislature agreed to a permanent sales tax increase to fund the projects.
A letter to the editor: You chose to print an article about a satanic display on the state Capitol lawn on page one of your newspaper (Dec. 16, "Satanist holiday display coming to state Capitol")? And when a lawmaker chose to counter it, you print that article on page five
A letter to the editor: Our representatives and the governor in Lansing are being short-sighted in their never-ending quest for more tax revenue to fund road maintenance. I'd like to offer some alternatives for our folks in Lansing to consider.
A letter to the editor: It is hard to believe that our six years as state representatives of Livingston County are coming to an end. We just want to say it has been an honor to serve you in the Legislature.