Calling all middle-class citizens! As a conservative I want your tax dollars spent wisely. As a society, we must hold Lansing accountable and ask them to redeploy our financial resources to where they are needed the most.

It is especially disturbing that the political party which claims to be the party of fiscal conservatism and limited government can’t come up with a plan which reprioritizes spending to fix our roads. C’mon, just rebalancing about 2-3% of the state budget frees up enough tax dollars to fix our roads.

Governor Snyder has called our roads a “public safety” issue. That he won’t immediately rebalance spending to address this “public safety” issue suggests that he places a higher priority on state funded handouts to corporate interests than on public safety.

Let me provide you with just one example of state funds which could be immediately redirected to roads. Directly below is an email I received from the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.

Wes,

For the current fiscal year, the state budgeted $284 million for the Strategic Fund (the state’s vessel for funding economic development programs and MEDC administration). It actually has a lot of other programs, but I am excluding the programs primarily funded through federal grants.

This includes:

· $130 million in its business grants

· $50 million in film incentives

· $32 million in MEDC staffing (includes administration, film office staff, community ventures and “job creation services”)

· $29 million in Pure Michigan spending

· $25 million in “entrepreneurship eco-system”

· $18 million in other grants and programs

Note that this does not include the tribal gaming compact money that goes to the MEDC.

James Hohman
Assistant Director of Fiscal Policy
Mackinac Center for Public Policy

Mr. Hohman’s email clearly illustrates that Lansing cares more about providing welfare subsidies to corporations than it does about providing safe roads.

In addition to eliminating corporate welfare, Lansing has other ways to fund our roads without raising taxes. As Arlene Pearson of Commerce Township reminds us in her letter to the editor:

“. . . the Senate voted down Bolger’s House Bill 4539, which would have generated an additional $1.2 billion/year in new road funding without increasing taxes on MI residents.”

House Bill 4539 was voted down at the tail end of the 2014 Legislative Session. Citizens should urge their legislators to bring this bill up again for a vote. One would think that a Republican controlled House, Senate, and Executive Branch could muster the votes to provide safe roads without destroying the middle class finances.

In her letter to the editor, Ms. Pearson also reminds us that Michigan families have suffered declining incomes for a number of years. She stated,

“The citizens of Michigan now live on less money than they did 7 years ago. The median household income has decreased by ~$5,500/yr.”

Middle class citizens have been trimming their budgets for many years. Lansing needs to do the same.

You can help hold Lansing accountable by informing your friends and neighbors about Governor Snyder’s Super High Increase in Taxes. Tell them to vote no on Prop 1 when they go to the polls on May 5, 2015.

If you are a bit more ambitious then I urge you to write a letter to the editor

Please write a letter to the editor of your local paper in support of transferring corporate welfare funds to road repair funds.

I urge you to spend your time delivering our message to those outside the conservative movement, rather than “preaching to the choir” and communicating only with your circle of conservative friends.

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.)

Click here for some examples of letters written by other conservative activists. Don’t sit on the sidelines! We have an opportunity for a two-for-one! Let’s defeat Snyder’s Super High Increase in Taxes while eliminating corporate welfare at the same time!


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I am proposing this as the title:

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