Monday, January 14, 2008

Pssst, buddy. Can you spare a signature?

As you make your way to the polls tomorrow, be prepared for people waving petitions in your face. Read that fine print!

Backers of health care reform, a part-time Legislature and more voter control over tax increases will be outside polling places collecting signatures for ballot measures they hope to put before voters in November.

Union members are supposed to be out in force to guard against the right-to-work movement- but apparently that group has decided to hold off until 2010 in an attempt to have fewer voters weigh in on the idea.

Amy Hagerstrom, who directs the Michigan chapter of Americans for Prosperity, said making Michigan a right-to-work state is critical for job growth. She added, however, that the group is not collecting signatures for a petition drive.

She said the group is taking a "measured approach" in its efforts to make Michigan — the birthplace of the United Auto Workers union — a right-to-work state. If right-to-work advocates are to make a serious push, they likely will wait until 2010, a non-presidential election year that's expected to draw fewer union voters.

So even though it's so darn critical for job growth, job growth can wait until they have a better shot at undermining the unions. Tells you what those folks are all about right there.

Same goes for the anti-tax measure; they want to wait for the off-season also. If these ideas are so wonderful, why would they set it up so fewer people are voting on them? Hmmmm?

The other measure would set a statewide referendum in February 2009 for voters to approve or reject recent increases in the state income tax and businesses taxes. Similar referendums would be held automatically after future tax hikes.

The part-time Legislature/tax measure proposals are spearheaded by the same guy- and it smacks of the Norquist touch. It's beginning to look like these people have endless amounts of money to try to mess with our tax system every single election we have.

Two other ballot drives — one to create a part-time Legislature and another that would let voters repeal higher taxes passed by lawmakers and the governor — are being led by the same people.

"We're hoping we'll have a lot of volunteers at the polls to get this done," said Gregory Schmid, a Saginaw attorney who is heading the People's Choice Tax Repeal Committee and Part-Time Legislature Committee.

Tell your friends- read before you sign. In the Grand Rapids area, look out for recall petitions on Robert Dean as well.