By Brandon Hall
With all the tax hikes and "fee increases" in Lansing these days, it's hard to keep track. It's almost like another party were in charge, sometimes... Anyway.
One of those new tax hike proposals is Senate Joint Resolution M,a plan to raise Michigan's sales tax.
According to a press release from 10th Congressional District candidate Paul Mitchell:
"Senate Joint Resolution M (SJR M) was introduced last month and proponents cited the purpose of the resolution to raise the sales tax was out of concern that the recent tax increases would not raise enough revenue to support other government spending.
Just like the failed Proposal 1 of May 2015 that was rejected by voters 80%-20%, Senate Joint Resolution M would propose a constitutional amendment to raise the state sales tax from 6% to 7%."
Mitchell pulls no punches in the press release, blasting Majority Leader Meekhof and Senators for abandoning the conservative values that got them elected.
"We elected a Republican super majority to the legislature based upon the promise that they would enact conservative solutions to our state’s challenges, but what we get is more taxes and more spending," Mitchell said. "The citizens are demanding and deserve better."
Here is Mitchell's full statement:
“I simply can’t understand what these members of the State Senate are thinking in proposing even higher taxes. When the legislature failed to produce a viable solution to fix our roads and punted their responsibility to the voters by proposing the largest tax increase in Michigan in the last 50 years it was rejected by the largest margin in modern Michigan election history. Career politicians, like those backing Senate Joint Resolution M, who continue to propose one bad tax idea after another clearly aren’t getting the message that government needs to live within its means,” stated Paul Mitchell.
“The perpetual gas tax increase and massive vehicle registration increases passed last fall were bad ideas and the proposed increase in the sales tax is another bad idea. The voters are demanding that we fix the roads without massive tax increases, and instead we must prioritize current state spending to get the job done. But the politicians just can’t stop their insatiable desire to spend. We elected a Republican super majority to the legislature based upon the promise that they would enact conservative solutions to our state’s challenges, but what we get is more taxes and more spending. The citizens are demanding and deserve better.”
Last year, Paul Mitchell led the coalition group, Say No to Higher Taxes and Special Interest Deals, which helped defeat Proposal 1 by a margin of 80%-20%. Proposal 1 was a proposed constitutional amendment which would have raised the sales tax from 6% to 7%.
Brandon Hall is a lifelong political nerd from Grand Haven, and is the Managing Editor of West Michigan Politics.
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