Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Republicans Want to Increase Michigan Sales Tax to 7%

Call this the "Michigan Republicans Sure Do Love Them Some Taxes: Roadwork Edition".

A proposal in Lansing would increase the tax Michiganders pay on everything from bubble gum to boats by 1 percent to fund road improvements statewide.

In exchange, the 19-cents-per-gallon state gas tax and 15-cents-per-gallon tax on diesel fuel would be repealed, under the proposal.

The change would be revenue-neutral, and create a more reliable source of road dollars as gasoline purchases continue to drop, the proposal's sponsor said.

See, it's OK if it's "revenue-neutral". That's how the "no new taxes ever" Republicans get around the fact that they are simply shifting the tax burden off of business and on to people. And if this happens to pass, when you add up all the tax changes they have already made, this has got to be a record for increasing taxes on the little guy. Got to.

"No new taxes ever", really meant "more tax cuts for our friends, lots of new taxes for you, Michigan citizen". Aren't you happy you elected a "business friendly" government now?

So, let's all point and laugh at the (T)axed (E)nough (A)lready Party as we get out our wallets to pay for this. What a frickin' joke they turned out to be.