No “Amazon” Internet Tax

In an attempt to acquire more money from consumers and businesses, state lawmakers are proposing legislation that would force Internet retailers to collect Michigan’s six percent sales tax if the seller has an “affiliate” located in Michigan. On Wednesday at 9:00 AM, the House Tax Policy Committee heard testimony on House Bills 4202 and 4203, commonly referred to as “Amazon” Tax Laws. MLive reports that: The House… Read more →

Sluggish Economy? Blame Government-Induced Uncertainty

The Romeo Area Tea Party recently hosted Hillsdale College Economics Professor Dr. Gary Wolfram at the Palazzo Grande in Shelby Township. The topic of conversation was how government was creating uncertainty and slowing the economic recovery from the 2008 recession. “If I were to tell you that the recession ended in June 2009,” he opened, “you’d be surprised.” He’s right.… Read more →

Taxpayers Missing Among Supports Behind Gas Tax Increase

Tuesday, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee held hearings on three bills: House Bill 4358, 4359, and 4539. Supporters of increasing taxes and fees on Michigan residents were out in plenty; suit after suit appeared to testify in support of raising an additional $1.4-1.6 billion dollars in order to “Fix the Roads.” One voice missing from the discussion–You!  Not one single lawmaker on the committee stood… Read more →

Lansing Lawmakers Discuss Three New Road Funding Options, Tax Increases

Raising taxes is never popular. But apparently raising the gas tax and making Michigan’s gas tax the highest in the country didn’t sit well with Michigan drivers. Lansing lawmakers have altered their proposed solutions, but don’t get too excited. They still want to increase taxes instead of prioritizing spending. At a meeting last Tuesday, Governor Rick Snyder, House Speaker Jase… Read more →

‘To Tax’ or ‘To Tax’: Lawmakers Provide False Choice

As if the tax increases to avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff” weren’t enough, state lawmakers and Governor Snyder are looking to increase gas taxes and vehicle registration fees by $1.2-1.4 billion annually, with mechanisms to increase transportation spending in perpetuity. Never fear, however, they are giving taxpayers two options: raise taxes or… raise taxes. And neither option allocates all of the funding to fixing roads.… Read more →

The BIG Three… (Teacher Pensions, ObamaCare Exchanges, & Personal Property Taxes)

James Carville, campaign strategist for Bill Clinton, once hung a reminder in the office for those working on the 1992 Clinton campaign with three points: Change vs. more of the same. The economy, stupid. Don’t forget health care. Ironically, state lawmakers in Michigan will be heading back to Lansing on Wednesday, August 15th with a similar list.  Three issues top… Read more →