Everyone who is acquainted with the auto industry and most of the private sector knows that hard times lead to reduced revenues. When that happens, all department managers are required to use their creativity and courage to find ways to reduce spending to correct for that.In my career, I have been required to make several 5 percent to 10 percent painful departmental cuts for up to three years in a row. I once complained and was assured "you are not being required to work harder, only smarter."The state of Michigan has a $52 billion budget and needs $1.2 billion to fix roads. If all departments were required to trim by a paltry one-time 2 percent, the problem would be solved. Instead we are faced with a typical public sector solution; increase the sales tax by 17 percent!Now the state budgeting bureaucrats have underestimated the amount of corporate tax credits and caused a $440 million shortfall. We are told this will be met by cutting services. That's like a car company faced with such difficulties deciding to sell fewer cars.Now is the time for our state bureaucrats to exercise some creativity and courage and do the kind of belt-tightening that people who live in the real world have to.Russell Spencer
Tyrone TownshipA letter published in the Livingston Daily
@MichCapCon reports: State Revenue Increasing by $640 Million http://bit.ly/1GYU6qL
DEMAND the Michigan Legislature and Governor use THAT $$$ for the Roads repair funding!!!
Governor Snyder has come up with a new hastag: #Blueprint4America, variation/escalation of/from #ComebackState, because he is considering a POTUS run. Sorry Rick, but RAISING TAXES is NOT a Blueprint for Michigan or America. The #Blueprint4America is Scott Walker in Wisconsin who has won 3 elections in 4 years time in a solid Blue (Michigan is still somewhat Purple-ish) State, and has directly taken on the Left at every turn while you cozy up to Democrats!
Senator PJColbeck on why he is Voted NO for the Sales Tax increase initiative
Paul Mitchell @SayNoOnProp1 on "OFF the Record"
As you are preparing to go out to #4thOfJuly Parades, be sure you know which Politicians to praise (the few that stood with #Michigan taxpayers):
From the House: http://garyglenn.us \\ http://cindygamrat.com \\ http://lanatheis.com \\ http://toddcourser.com \\ (didn't see website for Tom Barrett - Ph: 5173730853) \\ http://peterjlucido.com \\ http://runwithrunestad.com \\ http://tomhooker.com
From the Senate: Jack BRANDENBURG (R-Harrison Twp.), Patrick COLBECK (R-Canton), Mike GREEN (R-Mayville), Dave HILDENBRAND (R-Lowell), Joe HUNE (R-Hamburg), Phil PAVLOV (R-St. Clair), John PROOS (R-St. Joseph), David ROBERTSON (R-Grand Blanc) and Tory ROCCA (R-Sterling Heights).
And, of course, any new-combers that are gearing up to run against those that voted for the Tax increases.
Walk/March with the folks above in the Parades.... Please DO NOT walk/march anywhere near any of those that betrayed us!
CONFRONT ALL OTHER #MIGOP....
Next time you run into your House/Senate/Party member....
LET THEM KNOW YOU'RE PAYING ATTN...
Challenge them.... We said HELL NO to Tax increase on May 5th voting down Proposal 1... He/she will dance around it... I challenged nearby Rep (I live with a DUMBocrat Rep, so I have to work/deal with neighboring House/Senate GOP Reps) who voted against Prop1 but went ahead and voted for the Gas Tax increases of the recent Cotter plan/Bills (#'s 4614-4616) and he hemmed and hawed and never even did admit that he voted for them. You have to call him/her on it directly. "WHY DID YOU VOTE TO TIE GAS TAXES TO INFLATION CREATING NEVER ENDING TAX INCREASES" and keep pressing as he/she tries to dodge and deflect! The Tax Increases started off as just a few Million of a TRILLION DOLLAR package - so small as to not even be needed. The key, that few Million will continue to grow and grow and grow every year due to inflation w/o them ever to have to vote for that tax increase in the future. They, of course, "cut" the "cuts" and increased the Tax increases ever higher to be an ever growing portion of the Roads package!