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Americans for Prosperity-Michigan Announces “Don’t Raise MI Taxes” Tour

April 15, 2013

Group will travel state to rally grassroots opposition to tax hike proposals

LANSING, Mich.—Americans for Prosperity-Michigan today announced the launch of its “Don’t Raise MI Taxes” tour, which aims to educate and rally grassroots opposition to various tax-hike proposals being discussed by state lawmakers as a way to boost funding for roads. The tour begins on April 23rd in St. Clair Shores and encompasses a total of 14 stops around the state from Alpena to Clarkston. Click here to view a full schedule of times, dates and locations.

In tandem with the tour, AFP-Michigan has also rolled out a “No MI Tax Hike” petition, which is housed online at NoMITaxHike.com.

“As Michigan families rush to meet the April 15th tax-filing deadline, many are feeling the pinch of the billion dollar income tax hike signed by the Governor in 2011,” said Scott Hagerstrom, state director of Americans for Prosperity-Michigan. “Raising taxes on Michigan’s families shouldn’t even be an option on the table. It is time for state government to start living within its means, just as Michigan families have had to.”

Governor Rick Snyder signed sweeping changes to the tax code into law in 2011, which included making a temporary increase in the income tax rate permanent, taxing senior pensions, and scaling back tax deductions without a corresponding reduction in the tax rate.

“Fixing the worst corporate tax in the country and reforming personal property taxes were essential steps toward growing our economy,” said Hagerstrom. “Governor Snyder deserves credit for his commitment to these reforms. Unfortunately, these pro-growth reforms were paired with a corresponding tax hike that will eat into household budgets and drive more families out of our state.”

Hagerstrom noted that while groups on the Left have been keen to criticize Governor Snyder’s record, many were silent when then-Governor Jennifer Granholm pushed tax and spending hikes. The Left offers little in the way of solutions except for tax-and-spend, Hagerstrom contended.

“Taxpayers aren’t an ATM machine with a never-ending supply of cash,” said Hagerstrom. “There are many ways in which government can prioritize spending and make better use of the taxpayer resources it currently has. If transportation funding is a priority, let’s make it one by identifying other areas of the budget that can be reduced and embracing pro-growth policies that will ensure a stable revenue base for years to come.”

Americans for Prosperity-Michigan is a statewide organization of more than 87,000 activists committed to strengthening our constitutional government, establishing fiscal restraint, and giving taxpayers greater control over government. We are dedicated to recruiting, training, educating and motivating grassroots activists to be effective in their own communities. Americans for Prosperity does not support or oppose candidates for public office.

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