Category Archive: MI Legislative Issues

Jan 02 2014

“Main Street Fairness”: More Taxation Without Representation (Part 3)

“The Tax-Man’s Tangled Web – Exposing the ‘Main Street Fairness’ Act” State Sales Tax Law Sameness is “Main Street Fairness”??? (Part 2) Readers will recall that Part 2 explained that Michigan’s “Main Street Fairness” legislation is part of a policy agenda begun in 2000, which has resulted in significant changes to Michigan’s and 23 other …

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Dec 12 2013

Political Class Protection Act ~ SB661~ Follow Up

I wanted to follow up with you on the House vote of  SB 661, the “Political Class Protection Act”  The bill passed with a 56-52 vote with some changes and now goes back to the Senate (The one five minute or less action item) The good news is that caucus primary spending was stripped. However, …

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Dec 10 2013

Tis the Season ~ To Ram Through Bad Policy

“But the mild voice of reason, pleading the cause of an enlarged and permanent interest, is but too often drowned, before public bodies as well as individuals, by the clamors of an impatient avidity for immediate and immoderate gain.” –James Madison, 1788     Sorry to have to post this when we are trying to …

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Nov 20 2013

State Sales Tax Law Sameness is “Main Street Fairness”??? (Part 2)

Part one of this series was an overview regarding information discovered in researching issues related to a Michigan two bill legislative package dubbed “Main Street Fairness”, H.B. 4202 and H.B. 4203. Behind the two bill legislative package approved by the House Tax Policy Committee in September, is a policy that has resulted in changes to …

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Nov 15 2013

Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap

“The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.” ~ Thomas Jefferson 3rd president of US (1743 – 1826)   If you believe in limited government and liberty you need to be eternally vigilant because the political ruling class it always vigilant to retain their power. SB 661 is a case in point. The bill would amend …

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Nov 05 2013

Transparency, Accountability and Your Pocket book!

There so many bills introduced and many BAD bills that no one can possibly keep up and at times its is overwhelming.  Additionally, we are all unpaid volunteers with other responsibilities, home family, jobs. However, there are certain bills that so egregious IF we can catch them, we should. And there IS time to catch …

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Oct 15 2013

Constitutional Convention Buzz: Good or Bad Idea?

A Michigan proposal petitioning Congress to convene a Constitutional Convention to consider a Balanced Budget Amendment, Senate Joint Resolution V, was introduced in May of this year and will be up for a Committee vote TODAY: Government Operations DATE: Tuesday, October 15, 2013 TIME: 1:00 p.m. PLACE: Rooms 402 and 403, Capitol Building, 100 S. …

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Oct 14 2013

Open Letter to Our Legislators: You Have Been Given a Second Chance

This post is an open letter to our legislators.   Michigan Legislator, You have been given a second chance. To do the right thing,and regain lost support for 2014.  And second chances do not happen that often. The MIRS News service report  [1]  reported that because HB 4714 was NOT given immediate effect, that triggered …

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Oct 11 2013

The Tax-Man’s Tangled Web – Exposing the “Main Street Fairness Act – Part 1

As Joan reported in September, a number of Michigan officials are working to change state sales tax law. In that September 12 article, Joan warned about legislation with the word “Fairness” in the title because she wasn’t the least bit wooed by the transparently emotional label attached to the “Main Street Fairness” package. She saw …

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Sep 23 2013

Judge Says OK Lawsuit Against Illegal ObamaCare IRS Rule Can Proceed

On August 11, 2013, a federal judge ruled that the State of Oklahoma has standing to proceed with a lawsuit challenging an Internal Revenue Service rule issued in May 2012 regarding premium subsidies in the form of tax credits and penalties delivered through the Affordable Care Act’s insurance exchange provisions. Oklahoma’s Attorney General Scott Pruitt …

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Sep 16 2013

A Day of Infamy for Michigan ~ Gov Snyder Signs Medicaid Expansion into Law

One picture is worth a thousand words…   SIDEBAR: Fourteen Senators lead by Sen. Patrick Colbeck vote NO to give the bill immediate effect therefore the bill goes not become operative until April 2014, missing the Jan 1, 2014 when ObamaCare goes into effect. Michigan Constitution: § 27 Laws, effective date. Sec. 27. No act …

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Sep 12 2013

The Taxman Cometh! Stopping the Internet TAX in the House

Excessive taxation…will carry reason and reflection to every man’s door, and particularly in the hour of election.” Thomas Jefferson ~ Letter to John Taylor — 1798   If you drive a car, I’ll tax the street, If you try to sit, I’ll tax your seat. If you get too cold I’ll tax the heat, If …

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Sep 03 2013

GOP Help Pass Medicaid Expansion in the House

  Michigan Citizens, Unfortunately, as many know by now the Medicaid Expansion bill HB 4714 passed the House, the same way it passed the Senate, with help from GOP “leadership” and members of the House and Senate. State Rep. Greg MacMaster, R-Kewadin, was the only member to change his vote from June, going from a …

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Sep 02 2013

Not So Fast! Medicaid Expansion STILL in the Senate! YOUR Voice Needed!

  Michigan Citizens, The Medicaid Expansion bill is still in the Senate. Why you may ask? After the initial vote there was ANOTHER vote to give the bill immediate effect. According to the Michigan Constitution there needs to be 2/3 majority vote to give a bill immediate effect or else the bill (HB 4714) does …

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Aug 28 2013

Medicaid Expansion Passes Michigan Senate

Michigan Citizens, Unfortunately, the “Wall of Shame” just got bigger this evening as GOP Senators joined by Democrats voted to pass the Medicaid Expansion (HB4714). It was a marathon session with long recesses and Caucuses.  The first vote was 18 to 19 with Senator Patrick Colbeck not voting in order to deny Lt Governor Calley, …

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Aug 25 2013

The Medicaid Expansion ~ Politics, Policy, Practicality, Principles

“There is but one straight course, and that is to seek truth and pursue it steadily.” George Washington, letter to Edmund Randolph — 1795 “We lay it down as a fundamental, that laws, to be just, must give a reciprocation of right; that, without this, they are mere arbitrary rules of conduct, founded in force, …

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Aug 13 2013

Republicrats Boost 3rd Party Movment Once Again!

  Does this need any commentary, other than this…. “No compact among men…can be pronounced everlasting and inviolable, and if I may so express myself, that no Wall of words, that no mound of parchment can be so formed as to stand against the sweeping torrent of boundless ambition on the one side, aided by …

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Aug 09 2013

I Didn’t See that Coming! + Special Invitation

“If we move in mass, be it ever so circuitously, we shall attain our object; but if we break into squads, everyone pursuing the path he thinks most direct, we become an easy conquest to those who can now barely hold us in check.” Thomas Jefferson letter to William Duane — 1811   I Didn’t …

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Aug 05 2013

*Update * Common Core Committee Meetings

“It should be your care, therefore, and mine, to elevate the minds of our children and exalt their courage; to accelerate and animate their industry and activity; to excite in them an habitual contempt of meanness, abhorrence of injustice and inhumanity, and an ambition to excel in every capacity, faculty, and virtue. If we suffer …

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Jul 31 2013

Dog and Pony Show Update

  I attended most of today’s Government Operations Committee meeting otherwise known as the “dog and pony show” on the S-7 substitute Medicaid Expansion bill (pg 3 Sec. 105c Line 19 cites the ACA) The whole one and a half leading up to the 1:30pm break was mostly a pep rally  parade of the Expansion …

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