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A reporter at my local paper asked me to comment on Governor Snyder’s State of the State address. I took this opportunity to, once again, blast Snyder’s proposed tax increase. It is unconscionable that with all Republican control in Lansing that we are having to even consider raising taxes. With Republicans in control we should be looking at streamlining government, not growing it.

 

Here is how my comments were written up in the Livingston Daily.

Though Snyder promoted the increase during Tuesday's speech, Wes Nakagiri of the "tea party" group RetakeOurGov called it the wrong approach.

"We know about the condition of the roads," said Nakagiri, a Hartland Township resident. "But the budget has increased every year since he's been Governor and, in all of that, he can't find the money?"

But Nakagiri, who last year sought the Republican nomination to be Snyder's running mate, said he was interested in hearing the governor's thoughts on streamlining state government.

Click here to view the entire article in PDF format.

It is likely that big money friends of Snyder will put up the cash to promote this tax increase. Therefore, it is important that our side get the message out that Snyder’s plan is the equivalent of modern day “Highway Robbery.”

We are off to a good start in our messaging campaign. In addition to this print media article, our message was also heard on local radio at WHMI 93.5.

You can contribute to our media campaign and help spread the word about Snyder's Highway Robbery. The best way for an individual activist to help deliver our message is to write one or more letters to the editor of your local newspaper.

RetakeOurGov has assembled a list of reasons why citizens should oppose this Highway Robbery. We encourage you to select one of these reasons and write a letter to the editor of your local paper expressing your opposition to this Highway Robbery.

Between now and voting day (May 5, 2015) let’s stay on message and continually remind Michigan citizens that Lansing has more than enough money to fix our roads without raising our taxes.

(Did you know that Letters to the Editor are the third most read section of the newspaper? Only the sports page and comics rank higher in popularity than Letters to the Editor. Every activist needs to get into the habit of writing letters to the editor of their local paper, as this is the best way to deliver your message to citizens who are not directly involved in the conservative movement. Please contact us if you need help in developing your letter writing skills or letter writing strategy.)


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