The Michigan Senate has voted against raising taxes in Michigan. Considering we already have the 5th highest gas tax in the nation, this was an excellent decision. Write your senator now and say “thank yo ...
On behalf of the more than 110,000 activists of Americans for Prosperity-Michigan, I am writing in opposition to various anti-competitive proposals pending legislative action. These bills will be scored in our upcoming 2015 legislative scorecard.
In particular, I urge you to be wary of substitute bill language that appears to preserve electric choice even as it places a regulatory chokehold on providers and consumers that choose to participate in Michigan’s energy choice program. These substitute bills are a ham-handed attempt to garner more votes for a policy that stands against the principles of our free-enterprise system.
Americans for Prosperity-Michigan agrees that many of our roads and bridges are in need of repair. Road repair, maintenance and construction are core functions of government and additional revenue dollars ought to be dedicated to this top budget priority.
An excise tax on gasoline, which operates much like a “user fee,” is the best revenue mechanism to do this. However, raising gas or other taxes without serious spending reform and long-term tax relief for Michigan families will harm our economy even as it continues to recover from a lost decade of economic growth.
“Michigan shouldn’t put up with the Obama Administration’s regulatory bullying tactics at the expense of energy consumers,” said Pete Lund, state director of Americans for Prosperity-Michigan. “It is just ridiculous to believe Michigan can maintain control of our energy future if we cave to the EPA’s demands. Any regulatory road we choose to include in our state blueprint leads to the same federally defined destination—one that even President Obama acknowledges will result in higher prices for consumers.”
Lansing, Mich.– Americans for Prosperity-Michigan today slammed a road-funding plan unveiled by House Democrats as a return to the failed policies of the Granholm era. The grassroots free-market group, which has engaged its activists in the road funding debate, said tax hikes on job creators will lead to economic stagnation. “Raising taxes on job creators […]