Thursday, April 05, 2007

More on the DeRoche-Hopgood tax increase

This one is worse than I thought. I'm flat out shocked that DeRoche is one of the ones behind this turkey of a proposal.

From Booth Newspapers

The package proposed Tuesday by a coalition of business, labor and government groups represents one of the biggest tax hikes in recent Michigan history. Its fate could be tied to an overall package of budget cuts and tax increases Gov. Jennifer Granholm and lawmakers have been wrestling over for weeks.

The road measures would:

Raise the 19-cents-per-gallon state gas tax to 22 cents when the bill is passed. Two additional annual increases of 3 cents per gallon would follow, taking the rate up to 28 cents a gallon in 2009.

Boost the 15-cents-per-gallon tax on diesel fuel to 28 cents over three years.

Hike annual vehicle registration fees by 50 percent. The current $103 fee on a vehicle worth $20,000 would jump to $155. Registration fees, moreover, would automatically grow each year by the inflation rate.

The package represents the first tax hike since 2004's cigarette tax increase to garner Republican support. Rep. Craig DeRoche of Novi, the GOP leader in the House, said new local road and state highway funding is critical to the state's struggling economy.

A "key component to turning the economy around in Michigan is the infrastructure.," said DeRoche, arguing that other states that have invested in roads and infrastructure are winning the battle for jobs.

50% increase in registration fees as well? That's another tax. Here's the thing. We have regular sales tax on gasoline, the regular gas tax, as well as some of the higher gas prices in the country year in and year out. Why the hell aren't we working with what we have for the roads?

Secondly, government's "creative accounting" has shown that it is not trustworthy with our money to begin with. How do we know this so called "road money" won't be tossed into the general fund. Remember the promises for the lottery?

I am real sick and tired of governments fouling up the budget and then demanding us taxpayers bail them out. That goes for individuals in both parties.


Communications guru said...

Have you ever met a tax that you didn’t bitch and complain about? Have you ever thought about anyone beside yourself? Have you ever been willing to actually pay for something instead of expecting it for free? Have you ever been willing to give something for the benefit of all instead of just yourself?

I didn’t think so.

I’m not sure I support this tax at this time and for that much, but I certainly understand the benefits far out weigh the small amount I will pay.

Keith Richards said...


Like usual you refuse to see all sides of the issue.

Curley Sue said...


As a democrat, you never met a tax hike you didn't like. It let's your people spend more pork on pet projects like bridges to nowhere.

Communications guru said...

Sorry. The Bridge to nowhere" was a project by GOP sen. Ted Stevens. I don't like every tax, but I do love my state and country.

Communications guru said...

“Like usual I refuse to see all sides of the issue.” Are you serious? dan here rejects every single tax out of hand no matter what it’s for, and I say “I’m not sure I support this tax at this time” Yet it’s me that “refuse to see all sides of the issue.”
That makes sense to you? That’s dan’s position, not mine.

liberalshateusa said...

This is the Liberal mindset


An iPod for every kid? Are they !#$!ing idiots?

The Detroit News

We have come to the conclusion that the crisis Michigan faces is not a shortage of revenue, but an excess of idiocy. Facing a budget deficit that has passed the $1 billion mark, House Democrats Thursday offered a spending plan that would buy a MP3 player or iPod for every school child in Michigan.

No cost estimate was attached to their hare-brained idea to "invest" in education. Details, we are promised, will follow.

The Democrats, led by their increasingly erratic speaker Andy Dillon of Redford Township, also pledge $100 million to make better downtowns.

Their plan goes beyond cluelessness. Democrats are either entirely indifferent to the idea that extreme hard times demand extreme belt tightening, or they are bone stupid. We lean toward the latter.

We say that because the House plan also keeps alive, again without specifics, the promise of tax hikes.

The range of options, according to Rep. Steve Tobocman, D-Detroit, includes raising the income tax, levying a 6 percent tax on some services, and taxing junk food and soda.

We wonder how financially strained Michigan residents will feel about paying higher taxes to buy someone else's kid an iPod.

That they would include such frivolity in a crisis budget plan indicates how tough it will be to bring real spending reform to Michigan.

Senate Republicans issued a plan a week ago that eliminates the deficit with hard spending cuts. Now their leader, Mike Bishop of Rochester Hills, is sounding wobbly, suggesting he might compromise on a tax hike.

We hope Bishop is reading the polls that say three-quarters of Michigan residents oppose higher taxes.

There are few things in the House budget outline from which to forge a compromise.

For example, Dillon says he would shift the burden of business taxes to companies that operate in Michigan, but don't have a facility here. The certain outcome of that plan is to drive even more businesses out of Michigan.

About all we see of merit is a call for government consolidation and a demand that state employees contribute more to their retirement benefits -- which is no more than House Democrats suggested for future state lawmakers a few weeks ago.

We find it ironic that the Democrats are proposing floating $5 billion in revenue bonds to pay for retiree health care, when Gov. Jennifer Granholm vetoed a nearly identical plan by Oakland County because it would cost the state money.

Instead of advocating cost-saving changes in public school teacher pension and health plans, Dillon suggests more study. There have been plenty of studies of the issue, with the conclusion being that hundreds of millions of dollars could be saved through reforms. Michigan needs action, not more study committees.

Dillon also proposes that the state cover 50 percent of the cost of catastrophic health insurance for everyone in the place, but once again doesn't specify a funding source.

Stop the stupidity. Michigan can't tax or spend its way out of this economic catastrophe.

The only responsible option is to bring spending in line with current revenues. The mission must be to expand the tax base, rather than to expand taxes, by crafting a budget that encourages growth.

We won't get there by wasting money on early Christmas presents for Michigan kids.

Bachbone said...

No one has yet been able to tell me what happened to the laptop computers given to all Michigan teachers and paid for with Michigan taxpayers' money a few years ago. (Yes, Engler initiated that plan, which makes it even worse.) Even in good times, taxpayers should demand some accountability on previous boondoggles before throwing more tax monies at another manufactured 'need.'

keithr said...

Don't feel bad if I throw a few hot ones at you Kevin. I am also frequently and loudly critical of many things the Republican party does. I call 'em as I see 'em.