More nonsense from the extreme elements of the MI GOP.
The Senate Finance Committee voted 4-3 to send their half-baked tax cut plan to the full Senate. If this isn't DOA in the House, then surely it is DOA if it hits the governor's desk, which begs the question, why bother?
Looks like the Republicans are back to their old tricks; working on legislation that they know has no chance of succeeding, wasting our time and tax money in the process.
Senate Republicans said Tuesday that a plan to drop business taxes by at least $290 million would energize Michigan's sluggish economy, but critics predicted it would deeply harm spending on local roads and police.
City and township officials in particular opposed the GOP plan because it would eliminate the tax that manufacturers pay on new machinery and equipment. Half of that money goes directly to local governments.
Cassis seems to think that cities can take the hit.
But Senate Finance Chairwoman Nancy Cassis, a Novi Republican and sponsor of the bills, said governments must re-examine whether all their spending is essential to local residents.
Well, I don't know about your city, but here in Happy Valley we are still facing major cuts, even though we are going through a period of growth in the downtown area. Elsewhere, the natives are banding together to get Lansing's attention- just last week they held a press conference that consisted of a dozen mayors and other professionals from schools, police, hospitals, coming together and proclaiming, "no more".
And yet, the Republicans still turn a deaf ear to the pleas of Michigan citizens and insist on digging the hole deeper. They won't tell us who will haul away the dirt.
To add to the worthless nature of this exercise, the legislation isn't even "done" yet.
Democrats blasted the GOP plan — introduced last week — because key tax rates weren't yet set in the legislation, though Republicans said the rates would be added before the bills are sent to the Democratic-led House.
"We will tell you later". Where have we heard this before?
Speaking of the "same old story, some old sang and dance, my friend", the fair and balanced Detroit News gave Craig DeRoche a platform for his hypocritical blathering this morning. Instead of working on the problems facing our state, Craig took the time out to write a hit piece attacking the Governor, a piece that showed the imagination of a 7th grader who had a paper due that had a word count requirement. He basically repeats the same thing over and over and never comes to any conclusions except, "It's all Granholm's fault".
DeRoche reduced the enormous problem of a chronic budget deficit to the simplistic analogy of a New Year's resolution to go on a diet- and it looks like it took him the whole month of January to do it. Not only is it insulting to the intelligence of the people of Michigan, it fails to point out the steps to the "DeRoche Weight Loss Plan". What would Craig do? We don't know. Apparently Craig prefers to blame others for the problem he helped create instead of offering any solutions.
First four paragraphs, blame Granholm. Next paragraph, tell Michigan, "You're fat". Don't explain why. Next five paragraphs, blame Granholm some more. Next two paragraphs, repeat standard Republican platitudes of "bloated government" and "living within our means". And then, out of the blue, comes this amazing statement...
We all share a responsibility in Lansing to seek common ground; too much is at stake to spend time pointing fingers.
... followed by another finger point at Granholm.
Craig cries "she did this!" as he runs to the fridge for more Ben & Jerry's.
Looks like DeRoche broke his New Year's resolution of "working together" already, and the Republicans are back to their standard method of operation- worthless legislation and endless blame.
The people of Michigan deserve better.