On behalf of the 88,000 members of Americans for Prosperity-Michigan, I write to express opposition to Senate Bill 257 as it pertains to Business Improvement Zones. We believe there is a high likelihood that the changes this legislation makes to Business Improvement Zones will exacerbate existing potential for these zones to favor certain business over others, and crowd out startup and incubator business.
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!
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.
If roads are a priority in order to save lives and money as stated by Governor Snyder, then let's make them one. But let's do so without taking away more money from the private sector, which is struggling with chronically high unemployment and decreased wages and home values.
Lawmakers and the governor are proposing a $1.4 billion increase in transportation spending that they intend to fund with an equally large tax hike on gasoline and an increase in vehicle registration fees. Under current law the Transportation budget is over $3.3 billion—this tax hike would nearly double the budget. CLICK HERE to send a [...]