“I go on the principle that a public debt is a public curse, and in a Republican Government a greater curse than any other” – James Madison
“Avoid occasions of expense. . . and avoid likewise the accumulation of debt not only by shunning occasions of expense but by vigorous exertions to discharge the debts, not throwing upon posterity the burden which we ourselves ought to bear.” – George Washington
Greeting Michiganders from the beautiful Arizona Sonoran Desert as I continue my RVing sabbatical.
We have a very important special election in just a few weeks, May 5th on Prop 1 and it appears the task of getting the facts out will fall on the grassroots.
There are many reasons to oppose yet another tax increase and this particular proposal for a Constitutional amendment. Concerned Taxpayers of Michigan has great information and also fliers for you to print out. The grassroots need to distribute fliers to your neighbors, friends, co-workers, church family, doctor, vet, post on bulletin boards in lunchrooms, gyms, stores etc.
Perhaps you have wondered why there are only media ads supporting Prop 1. Two words, “The Big 3″ and I am not talking auto.
The dons of the political Michigan Mafia, Gov. Snyder, Ron Weiser,(this is the guy who cleared the field for the disastrous Terri Lynne Land and now we have basically a communist, Gary Peters for the next 25 years!) and Dick DeVos have put the word out, do not give Paul Mitchell, chair of the Coalition Against Higher Taxes & Special Interest Deals any money. And its working! Obviously or you would be seeing ads in opposition.
And not just Mr. Mitchell but Americans For Prosperity of Michigan will “not get involved” Really? This is the very type of issue the that AFP was created to get involved in! If Scott Hagerstrom, who was unceremoniously dumped by AFP was still director, AFP would be in the thick of the battle. Gee think that could be a reason Scott was “let go?” Lesson learned. There is no loyalty with the big boys. You must agree 100% on anything they want or don’t want 100% of the time.
Now we know there are other plans to fix roads WITHOUT raiding the taxpayers pocketbooks again.
Senator Colbeck has been discussing his plan since last year
Rep. Ray Franz has been traveling giving presentations on the Prop 1
Rep. Peter Lucido has a plan too, using money from Catastrophic Claims Fund which is a law created to provide unlimited lifetime coverage for medical expenses that result from auto accidents.
According to the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association which assesses Michigan motorists a $186-per-vehicle fee as part of the state’s no-fault insurance system.
“Although created by statute, the MCCA is a private, nonprofit association. All of its dealings are with insurance companies, not the general public.”
NO transparency and NO Freedom of Information access
The fund currently has about 20 billion and garners about 500 million in interest a year and is continuous funded by you
Gov Snyder quotes a figure of 1.2 billion (factual or not) for roads so doesn’t using money from the Fund seem feasible? HOWEVER, the insurance companies who contribute a lot to political campaigns do not want it. The Insurance industry was the 7th highest industry donor in Michigan in 2014 with $2,651,596. The ubiquitous “Uncoded” was one number. From “Follow the Money”
Bill Ballenger mentions this in the article, So What Happens if the May 5 $2 Billion Tax Hike Fails?
“Inside Michigan Politics founder Bill Ballenger, “I think it will take something dramatic like raiding the Catastrophic Claims Fund, perhaps involving a ‘Grand Bargain’ wherein a cap is finally imposed on claims — which the insurance industry wants — combined with some ‘borrowing’ from the Catastrophic Claims Fund — which it doesn’t want.”
However, one issue NOT mentioned in the article that comes into play here with a lack-of-money for-roads-so-lets-gouge-the-taxpayer-again default solution is the drain on Michigan’s budget because of Gov. Snyder’s Medicaid Expansion. The Expansion pushers “estimated” that 450,000 people would sign up. It’s now over 600,000. Legislators do not want to try to fund the necessary money now with the road tax increase in the mix so the rumor is to roll over the money into the October budget, where….There still is no money to fund it however,they are hoping that the Prop 1 tax increase will pass and “save the day”with extra taxpayer revenue.
Big Government Debt Fed Chickens Coming Home to Roost
So the 64,000 dollar question should Prop 1 fail at the ballot box and there are very strong indications it will is what will our legislators do? Do they have the courage to do what REALLY needs to be done, stand up to those campaign promises and to a lame duck governor and starting cutting? Right To Work (RTW) is still young and we are not really seeing the effect yet. However, the incessant tax increases caused by big government will undo RTW.
Gov. Snyder is a lame duck, he is the one that SHOULD be compromising NOT the legislature! And if the current crop of legislators find their backbones and he doesn’t compromise and starts vetoing and issuing more executive orders (Obama style) then its ON HIM. And he will be gone soon.
Or will the desire for money to fund those campaigns cause most to shrink back? A Senate campaign cost between $200,000-$300,000 to fund. If the “Big 3″ of the Michigan Mafia put out the word to withhold money from those who refuse to be a “team player” it’s gonna be a lot harder to raise that money.
So I am hoping for Michigan’s sake that legislators find their backbone. Michigan needs some heroes. But I am firmly in the wait and see camp.