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 the sapping current of corrupted morals on the other.” George Washington ~ draft of first Inaugural Address — 1789
From a local News Source:
“Gov. Rick SNYDER and the four legislative “leaders” are moving toward a …one-penny sales tax increase that voters could decide on this November.
that raises money for the roads, without forcing lawmakers to directly do it, and hike state support for education at the same time. …..
…part of the ballot language to boost the sales tax from six to seven cents would be a provision to protect the state’s prevailing wage law (meaning into perpetuity) , which Democrats, in this post Right to Work climate, are seeking to nail down and reportedly have the Governor’s blessing in so doing.
Negotiations among Snyder, Senate Majority Leader Randy RICHARDVILLE (R-Monroe), House Speaker Jase BOLGER, Senate Minority Leader Gretchen WHITMER (D-East Lansing) and House Minority Leader Tim GREIMEL (D-Auburn Hills) The plan’s selling point is that lawmakers will not be forced to vote for any gas tax or fee increase to come up with the $1.2 billion the Governor requested almost 18 months ago. …but that would depend on lawmakers putting up a two-thirds vote in the House and Senate to place the plan before voters …
There is optimism that a sales tax hike for schools would get more favorable support at the polls. Among the items yet to be ironed out is defining where the extra education dollars will end-up.
…Bolger may have a “problem” getting that two-thirds vote in the House. One insider suggests the same formula that was used on the Medicaid expansion bill could be used here. Recall, Democrats put up most of the votes with Republicans contributing between 25 and 30. They are all working against an early Sept. 6 deadline for placing the sales tax question on the November ballot.
Lawmakers are slated to be back in town at the end of August with a likely vote on the sales tax package tentatively set for Sept. 4. “