In response to Senator Mike Kowall’s commentary, “Michigan Senate sets an ambitious agenda for 2015,” I would like to respond. Personally I would have preferred that the MI Senate had set an ambitious 2014 lame duck session and simply addressed one goal – fixing Michigan’s roads. Instead the Senate voted down Bolger’s House Bill 4539, which would have generated an additional $1.2 billion/year in new road funding without increasing taxes on MI residents.
The Senate decided the bill needed revising. The House Bill did not cut funding for education as the critics and special interests claimed, but simply didn’t increase education as much as our present road funding formula or the Senate-House compromise, the May 5th ballot proposal 1 to amend our MI Constitution, raising our sales tax 17%.
The citizens of Michigan now live on less money that they did 7 years ago. The median household income has decreased by ~$5,500/yr.* I am wondering if Senator Kowall and the rest of the Michigan elected representatives are aware of this hardship? This begs the question, "Have Michigan’s elected officials, educators, government employees – any employees subsidized by MI taxpayers – seen a similar decrease in wages?" With the cost of living soaring upward we Michigan residents have had to painfully adjust our budgets. Many hardworking people are going into debt because they cannot keep up. We expect the same adjustment from you and your colleagues. Before you raise our taxes, you need to do all you can to adjust the budget you have.
Here is a short note which accompanied Arlene's letter: Dear ROG - Following is the letter I emailed to the Spinal Column's 'Letters to the Editor' section in response to Senator Mike Kowall's commentary in the Spinal Column on 2/11/15. I am not sure if it will be published, but I did send it. I had some friends review it before sending. I hope you approve of the letter as well. Thank you for your encouragement to keep on fighting against big gov't. AP
ROG comments: Arlene did a great job of pointing out that Michigan citizens are having to do with less. She rightfully asks government to adjust their budget before they raise our taxes. Lansing is shielding politically connected friends from budget cuts while claiming that they need more money from taxpayers. ROG has long opposed corporate welfare and other government handouts to their politically powerful friends. These handouts need to be eliminated before they ask taxpayers for a single dime.
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