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RE: E-M:/ Michigan Environmental Council Capitol Update 10-1-07



I will not defend the formula used, and agree that if I was elected official I would have advocated for applying the sales tax to a different mix of services and a whole host of “greener” taxes.  But at the end of the day, it was a question of new revenues or slashing state government spending by another $1.7 billion dollars. And for standing up and saying no to further huge cuts, I applaud their courage.  

 

Your wrath I think should be focused mainly on those who did not support this compromise – they had another plan that looks nothing like the one you suggested. It would have started with massive cuts to schools, health care and social services.  It would have included at least another 25% cut in general fund to the department of Environmental Quality and the layoff of 143 MDEQ employees that work very hard in protecting our natural resources (on top of the 67 million dollar reduction they have experiences over that last seven years – from $100 million to $33 million).    

 

Do I hope the sales tax on services is made more equitable in the years to come? Yes.   But today I am thanking those who decided to invest in Michigan instead of further cuts.

 

James Clift

 

  

 


From: WovenWoman@aol.com [mailto:WovenWoman@aol.com]
Sent: Monday, October 01, 2007 11:45 PM
To: James Clift; enviro-mich@great-lakes.net
Subject: Re: E-M:/ Michigan Environmental Council Capitol Update 10-1-07

 

In a message dated 10/1/2007 2:23:23 PM Eastern Daylight Time, james@environmentalcouncil.org writes:

Support came primarily from the Democrat side of the aisle with the assistance of the following legislators from Republican ranks; in the House, Reps Ward and Gaffney, and in the Senate, Senators Birkholz, George, Jelinek and Van Woerkom.  Take a minute to write or call to thank all the legislators who decided that investing in Michigan’s people and infrastructure was more important that political rhetoric.   

Are you kidding me?  I have to take it up the yazoo because these fat lazy idiots laid on their dupas for ten months,  then sat like junior high kids cramming to turn in the 72 page report due tomorrow that they didnt start on time or even think about because they were partying all night, and because of that laziness ,came up with some hair brained tax on small business people, and I am supposed to write a thank you note?  If I were their teacher I am pretty sure this "report" would be getting  big fat F!  Some even had the Ba**s to complain about the "lengthy hours". Give me a break, they need to go work a shift as a nurse if they want to feel what "lengthy hours" are.

 

Calls will be made, thank you's wont be given.

EB

A small (struggling) business owner who now has the additional job of being a Free Revenue Collector for the State Of Michigan .... a business owner who thinks golf and all its services and related items should be taxed, and any business using Great Lakes water for business purposes should be additionally taxed, and anyone dumping into the Great Lakes should be taxed 10% and how embarrased I am to live here in Michigan




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