“Excessive taxation…will carry reason and reflection to every man’s door, and particularly in the hour of election” Jefferson letter to John Taylor — 1798
“An unlimited power to tax involves, necessarily, a power to destroy; because there is a limit beyond which no institution and no property can bear taxation.” John Marshall McCullough v. Maryland — 1819
The House is proposing a $25 tax per insurance policy calling it a “fee”!
It got proposed because, while the Senate used general fund dollars to fill the HICA budget shortfall, partially caused by Medicaid expansion legislation passed last summer, the HOUSE is proposing the $25 tax!
What’s more is: It got rolled into the budget supplemental bill. Republican Mike Shirkey – State Rep 65th District was quoted in MIRS as saying he supports it. Well the House Speaker does, right?!
EVERY Republican on House Appropriations voted YES except Greg McMasters!
Joe Haveman (R) Committee Chair, 90th District
Al Pscholka (R) Majority Vice-Chair, 79th District
Eileen Kowall (R) 44th District
Matt Lori (R) 59th District
Bill Rogers (R) 42nd District
Jim Stamas (R) 98th District
John Walsh (R) 19th District
Jon Bumstead (R) 100th District
Anthony Forlini (R) 24th District
Peter MacGregor (R) 73rd District
Greg MacMaster (R) 105th District
Nancy Jenkins (R) 57th District
Paul Muxlow (R) 83rd District
Earl Poleski (R) 64th District
Phil Potvin (R) 102nd District
Michael McCready (R) 40th District
Rob VerHeulen (R) 74th District
Mike Shirkey (R) 65th District
“House Speaker Jase Bolger, R-Marshall, wants to cover the shortfall with revenue from a $25-per-vehicle auto insurance fee (otherwise know as a TAX!) proposed as part of his no-fault reform package. Bolger unveiled the package last week to strong criticism from key interest groups. (Yes as a taxpayer I have an interest in NOT being taxed more!)
The House Appropriations Committee left a $100 “placeholder” slot for funding of the Medicaid shortfall.
Rep. Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, noted “several” ideas are being considered to generate the matching funds, needed to ensure the state gets about $400 million in federal (taxpayer) Medicaid funds. The amount already is included in the current-year state budget.” The Detroit News
It’s on its way to the House floor for a vote!
Obviously the word “conservative” thrown around so much in press releases, speeches and campaign literature has reached Felliniesque portions so as to become meaningless in its use.
: believing in the value of established and traditional practices in politics and society : relating to or supporting political conservatism : tending or disposed to maintain existing views, conditions, or institutions : traditional
My fellow Michigan citizens a limited government can operate on limited revenue! How long will you continue to be taxed to death? It’s past time to put our collaborative foot down and demand a limited government with NO NEW TAXES!
Please CALL your House Rep NOW and tell them you do not support any new taxes! Tell him/her you support the Senate version of “NO New Taxes”!