This May voters in Michigan will go to the polls, but not to elect any politicians. We will be asked whether the legislature should raise the state sales tax. Sounds simple enough. One percent is a tiny amount, right?

Some states have no sales tax. Alaska, Montana, New Hampshire to name a few. Some of these have local taxes, but nothing as high as 6 percent. In fact, in most states where there is a sales tax, it’s less than 6 percent. Just a few states have a sales tax of 7 percent or higher. In many states the sales tax is below 5 percent. But our governor has found that the only way to get money to fix the roads in our state is to charge you more, every time you buy something. Oakland County Sen. Mike Kowall thinks there is no other way than this $2 billion tax increase.

The Mackinac Center has suggested over 200 ways to pay for roads without cutting school aid funding or Medicaid but the governor isn’t interested. It’s easier to just raise our taxes. Even when we elect legislators who claim to be fiscally responsible, they bow to the pressures of the governor.

Raising the sales tax in Michigan, along with all the Federal tax increases that were hidden in the Obamacare legislation, not to mention increased premiums and higher deductibles that will take effect this year, is going to make it harder and harder to get by. The middle class is shrinking. Our incomes are shrinking. Raising the sales tax will only cut into the amount we will be spending.

The push is already on to motivate voters to agree to the sales tax increase. I heard a County Road Commissioner claiming the roads won’t get plowed if we don’t raise the sales tax. Will that extra one percent actually go toward road improvements. Of course not. At least, not all of it. The increase will go toward welfare programs and schools not just toward roads.

It may be only one percent, but it will add up. If the Mackinac Center can find the money without raising taxes, why can’t our legislators. I am taxed enough already.

Susan Kotrys

A letter to the Editor published in the Livingston Daily

It's a 16.6% Tax Increase

Below is an email exchange between Bob Hamer and Thayrone X of WAAM Radio. Bob encourages Thayrone to quit calling the Snyder Tax Hike a 1% increase, as increasing the sales tax from 6% to 7% is actually a 16.6% increase. Thanks Bob for pointing this out! Read more ...

Prop 1 is a Bait and Switch

Because the state will not assure us the one percent increase in the sales tax will go directly to road repair, this is another bait and switch by our elected leaders. Much like the lottery years ago. We were sold on the “fact” that the money from the lottery would be used to help fund schools.

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Prop 1 Funds Affirmative Action and Mass Transit

I can’t believe our parting Lawmakers would leave us with such a mess as the May 5 election Proposal 1. It is so confusing. Most will think it is just a simple proposal to change the Michigan Constitution to raise our sales tax from 6 percent to 7 percent. Motor fuel taxes are increased on gasoline/diesel fuel. Vehicle registration fees are increased and no longer tax deductible for federal taxes. That is just the tip of the iceberg.

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Politicians Addicted to Taxes

This May voters in Michigan will go to the polls, but not to elect any politicians. We will be asked whether the legislature should raise the state sales tax. Sounds simple enough. One percent is a tiny amount, right?

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Fund Our Roads with Hollywood subsidies

The first step of what could be a major victory for Michigan’s middle class takes place in Lansing this week. The House Committee on Tax Policy will be voting on House Bill 4122. Passing this bill out of committee is the first step in eliminating taxpayer funded subsidies to wealthy Hollywood elites.

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Demand Accurate Prop 1 Ballot Language

Dear Election Officials and State Board of Canvassers,

I am writing to request that the title for Prop 1 and the specific ballot language for Prop 1 accurately reflect what Michigan citizens will be voting on when they cast their ballots on May 5, 2015.

I am proposing this as the title:

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MI Citizens do with less - so should Lansing

In response to Senator Mike Kowall’s commentary, “Michigan Senate sets an ambitious agenda for 2015,” I would like to respond.  Personally I would have preferred that the MI Senate had set an ambitious 2014 lame duck session and simply addressed one goal – fixing Michigan’s roads.   Instead 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.

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