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About that proposed income tax rollback

by: Eric B.

Sun Mar 02, 2014 at 16:00:00 PM EST


As I've mentioned before, I tend to be a bit skeptical of things in press releases and over the years have tried to get away with sharing directly. This is for a lot of reasons, one of which is that usually what someone wants you to share is what they want you to share, which usually doesn't always align perfectly with your thoughts on something.

The other day, I got something from the hopeless do-gooders at the Michigan League for Public Policy that was a bit different. Unfortunately, I was also very busy at the time and couldn't get around to posting about it. Jack Lessenberry did us a favor and reported on it.

They then expressed that vividly, this way. As the League’s Judy Putnam put it, the lowest fifth of income earners would see an annual tax cut of about $12, or about enough to buy a cherry pie at a bakery. Those in the middle would get an average tax cut of $88, which wouldn’t even fix a blown tire.

However, the famous one percent would get an average yearly tax cut of more than $2,600, enough for a trip for two to Paris. Meanwhile, the state would have even less money for roads and schools.

This idea bears repeating, especially in light of the earlier post on today's Detroit News editorial that wants to reform the tax code by making it more regressive ... in a regressive tax code, the benefits of an across-the-board cut benefits primarily those at the top, who need the least amount of help. And, the programs that get underfunded as a result benefit primarily those at the bottom who receive the least economic benefit from the tax cut but get the most benefit from the social safety net programs that get underfunded as a result of less revenue coming in.

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Speaking of tax reform, my very, very first email to a politician in 2011 was sent to my state senator, Gretchen Whitmer, proposing that she try to outwit/take off guard the new Republican supermajority in that body by doing something that's generally anathema to our side of the aisle: a tax cut.  

To try and head off even more regressive tax cuts I knew were coming - and since then we've had the Michigan Business Tax redux, the tax on pensions, this proposed income tax cut... - I proposed that she propose right out the gate the elimination of the Michigan PPT (personal property tax), which hit the auto industry particularly hard to see if the Republicans would bite so when they came back for sh%t like this we'd could tell them we already cut taxes.  

Well, aside from this income tax cut, they still want the PPT elimination, too.  We can not afford all of this.  Utter greed is what this is, tax hysteria.


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with these guys. Tax increases for the working class, tax breaks for the 1%. After cutting business taxes and enacting right to mooch, as well as cutting weeks of unemployment to ensure that nobody gets too comfortable with their government handout, Michigan still lags badly in job creation, and is among the leaders in unemployment.

The question is will the voters take note?


The BS never changes (0.00 / 0)
with these guys. Tax increases for the working class, tax breaks for the 1%. After cutting business taxes and enacting right to mooch, as well as cutting weeks of unemployment to ensure that nobody gets too comfortable with their government handout, Michigan still lags badly in job creation, and is among the leaders in unemployment.

The question is will the voters take note?



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