Well said! It’s so typical for
the small businesses to take the brunt of it, and be sorely overlooked when it
comes to tax breaks, incentives for investment, etc. Small businesses are
the economic engine of Michigan in these hard
times; why penalize them when everyone here in Michigan is struggling to make a go of it?
I love Michigan,
but I hate what politics has done to it over the last 15 years.
Anne P. Couture
Couture Environmental Strategies LLC
1451 Shoal Ave.
Richland, MI 49083
Ofc. (269) 629-9842
Fax (269) 629-7011
Cell (269) 760-7096
firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of WovenWoman@aol.com
Sent: Tuesday, October 02, 2007
Subject: Re: E-M:/ Michigan Environmental
Council Capitol Update 10-1-07
some coffee. Sit down. Read it again.
the shoe shine man? (That will be $1.06 sir, please put the $.06 in the
can with Aunt Jenny on it) The guy who cuts my lawn? The lady who takes my mom
a balloon and a song? I have a friend who owns a courier company
that rushes emergency medical supplies to doctors at hospitals. Do
you really want him out of business? I for one don't. If I'm the one
up on the table, I want my part delivered. The 6% may be just enough
to push him over the edge. But lets tax him, and me, and lets tax the Pay
Telephones. (when's the last time you found one that worked?)
be sure to help put the coin laundry out of business. They have to
revamp every single machine to accept tax, or maybe they can just a Jenny
can with "Add Three Pennies Please" on top of the
machines next to the quarter slots. Give me a major
break. If I sound too disgusted to take the time to be polite, well, I
am. This is nothing but a load of "lets fake it."
tax golf. Seems like a TON of money could be brought in there, no?
Do you really wonder why golf isn't on the list? Hello,
Lobbyist. Lets tax attorneys, legislators who hire lobby (not just the
lobbyist), and sports
if we really want some $$. I love the Tigers and Wings, but would pay
more to see them.
scare tactics of threatening to cut funds from children, social services, the
environment and health have obviously worked. Does no one see the games
that are played? "If you don't do this, we will take away children's
free lunches!!!" For crying out loud, my hopes for humanity ever
evolving are diminishing more quickly than the hat check girls tip.
pay our politicians 38K a year, period, until they get it right, with
bonuses for things done right. (we can vote for their bonuses) That may shift
things in a hurry, without the high school term paper all night cramming habit
rearing its ugly head again. That's a nice savings for Michigan of 40k per legislator, not to
mention the $1,000 per month per diem. Better yet, lets pay
them by the day they actually show up, like the rest of the country
does. I think that's a great place to start. They
might start getting to work before the 11th hour, and the outcome won't be
expecting the coin-laundry to fix what they destroyed. As a small business
owner, I know how much it sucks at the end of the month when I don't show up at
work. I don't have someone handing me a nice check simply for cramming a
few days, or for "being courageous".
"wrath" is focused on the ineptness of our Michigan government period. If I could
find someone to buy my house (fat chance) I would get in the line of those
headed out. For now, trust me, I would rather take a slash, but the
slashes would look a lot different from what you mentioned.
There is a lot of fat sitting up top that could easily be slimmed
down. By the way, I would not mind paying this tax, or
even a larger tax if it were actually going to help the environment, I
would do that in a heartbeat, but these extra "revenues" are merely
going to try to cover a hole that has been growing for years.
In a message dated 10/2/2007 9:49:41
AM Eastern Daylight Time, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
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
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
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.