Are tax and spend Lansing legislators and their accomplices in the mainstream media deliberately understating the hit to your pocketbook from a yes vote on May 5th? Or are they just plain stupid? I guess you’ll have to decide for yourselves!


The Mackinac Center published an analysis of the May 5th vote in which citizens will be asked to voluntarily increase their taxes.

In short, the analysis indicates that mainstream media outlets are understating the size of the tax increase. Many media outlets, along with big government R’s and D’s in Lansing are stating the hike will be $1.2 billion per year. In fact non-partisan agencies in Lansing have estimated that the Snyder Tax Plan will end up costing hard-working Michigan taxpayers about $2.0 billion per year.

The hit to your wallet is actually 66% greater than what media elites would have you believe. Here is an excerpt from a recent Mackinac Center analysis.

In another story an MLive reporter asserted, “In total, it's projected to raise $1.2 billion.” The only hint to readers that the real amount is much higher was a reference to an opponent who “thinks this will end up costing voters about $2.0 billion in increased taxes.”

The figure is not just one man's opinion, however: it's an accurate sum of how much the nonpartisan legislative fiscal agencies estimate the package's new and increased levies will collect. The exact amount depends on unpredictable factors including the future cost of fuel, but even large swings in these would not change the $2.0 billion bottom line very much.

RetakeOurGov urges you, the concerned citizen, to help expose this misinformation. We need you to write letters to the editor with the facts. We can’t rely on the mainstream media or big government legislators to correct their mistakes. We need you to trumpet the truth across the great state of Michigan.

As stated in a prior ROG analysis, polls indicate the more people know about the Snyder Tax Hike the less they approve of it. We need you to roll up your sleeves and help the cause by writing a letter to the editor of your local paper. We are specifically asking you to inform newspaper readers that the May 5th tax increase is HUGE! Further, it is a lot more than what they are being led to believe.

Send a copy of your letter to ROG and we’ll post it on our website.

(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. As an added bonus, there is no cost to you when you letter is published. Folks, this is free advertising for our cause. In fact, if you were to purchase advertising space in the newspaper it would likely cost you a minimum of $250 to run a 2 x 6 inch ad. Please contact us if you need help in developing your letter writing skills or letter writing strategy.)

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