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Opinion: By R. Al Bain
In Governor Rick Snyder’s budget proposal the “Cut’s To Local Revenue Sharing” is in fact a tax hike waiting to happen! When there are plenty of other government programs and entities that could and should be cut rather than local revenue sharing as to cut the size and scope of government without putting the burden on the backs of the taxpayers at the local level.
Pure Michigan Advertising Campaign, MEDA, and the 21st Century Jobs Fund are just a few of the many that come to mind here. Tax revenue-sharing payments from the state to local governments along with local property taxes are a key part of a typical county budget. Police and Fire cannot be supported on the backs of the property tax alone. With home values plummeting and less property tax revenue coming in, local municipalities will be forced to raise taxes in order to meet the obligations that past and present politicians have made possible through their legislative actions.
Another Point of View: Proposed Budget Cut’s? By John Q. Taxpayer
The President ordered his cabinet to cut $100 million from the $3.5 trillion federal budget.
I’m so impressed by this sacrifice that I have decided to do the same thing with my personal budget. I spend about $2000 a month on groceries, household expenses, medicine, utilities, etc, but it’s time to get out the budget cutting axe, go through my expenses, and cut back.
I’m going to cut my spending at exactly the same ratio, 1/35,000 of my total budget. After doing the math, it looks like instead of spending $2000 a month; I’m going to have to cut that number by six cents. Yes, I’m going to have to get by with $1999.94, but that’s what sacrifice is all about. I’ll just have to do without some things, that are, frankly, luxuries.
(Did the president actually think no one would do the math?)
What the Richardville Amendment to Public Act 312 really means
First a little history on (Public Act 312) of 1969. This legislation that became law was introduced by a young Michigan Senator and the former Mayor of Detroit by the name of Coleman Young (Democrat) – Detroit as payment made for services rendered to the Police and Fire Unions for campaign contributions and support as to get elected. The bottom line to State Senator Randy Richardville’s proposed amendment to Public Act 312 in 2010 with SB 1072 was to speed up the arbitration process for Public Union workers with the use of third party arbitrators who give Public Unions big contracts with lavish benefits at taxpayer expense. This is all about legislation introduced by Senator Richardville as payment made for campaign donations received by Union supporters and not what’s in the best interest of the taxpayers of Michigan who pay their salaries and benefits. Rather than to amend this law that benefits Public Unions at taxpayer expense it should be repealed. Private Unions and Public Unions are two different animals. Public-sector unions bleed taxpayers! For the first time in history, a majority of union members are government employees. The National Labor Relations Act (a.k.a Wagner Act) does not apply to government employers: The term “employer” shall not include the United States or any wholly owned Government corporation, or any Federal Reserve Bank, or any State or political subdivision thereof.
Arbitration’s Intolerable Bind
Deficit Panel Targets Mortgage Interest Deduction
This would be a “tragedy” if the mortgage interest deduction were eliminated or reduced for the majority of home owners. Among the proposals put forward by the Democratic and Republican co-chairs of President Obama’s deficit commission is one idea that could hit homeowners where it hurts: reducing or eliminating the popular mortgage interest tax deduction. Does anybody but me remember when new car loans and credit card interest was deductible? We the taxpayers just keep getting hammered!
Outrageous Taxes: Some New, Some Old, Some Hidden
If you needed any more proof that our state, local and federal budget spending is out of control, here it is. In an effort to get out from under record deficits and support their spending habits, politicians from Seattle to New York and everywhere in between have cooked up some outrageous taxes. Politicians are getting crafty with a plethora of hidden taxes including but not limited to a museum tax as well.
Budget Cuts: Get Our Elected Officials Off the Bottle
When talking Trillions what’s a few Million? If this is going on in Washington I’m willing to bet it’s going on in Lansing as well! A not for profit, Corporate Accountability International, recently released a report with a startling revelation that members of Congress over the course of a year spent nearly one million dollars on bottled water. That works out to about $2000 per member of congress, just on bottled water. It’s our tax dollars.
Get Our Elected Officials Off the Bottle
“The Largest Heist Known To Man” Nationalized IRAs & 401(k)s
Nationalized IRAs & 401(k)s “Government Guaranteed Retirement Income” Do you Believe Government Run IRAs and 401(k)s are Coming? Why do they Want Your Retirement Accounts? Would You believe it if President Obama announced it, In Front of 45 Million people?
Desperate times, Call for Desperate Government Measures
In the Presidents own words in the State of the Union Address that he gave and who is behind the Nationalized IRAs and 401(k)s. This is really a bad idea for us citizens!
Public Employees and their Unions
This is a short “must see” video below on public employees! There is a lot of truth in what the host Desmond McCoy has to say.
Public Employees and their Unions
ObamaCare hands Big Labor Unions Billions of Your Tax Dollars
The new law is loaded with forced unionism provisions buried deep in its 2,500 pages. Well, attorneys have studied the law, and they say it is filled with obscure and overt provisions that will hand union officials billions of new forced-dues dollars.
Extremist Cleric: Time for Islamic State in America
An extremist Muslim cleric is planning a March rally at the White House in hopes of sparking a revolution that would turn the United States into an Islamic State. Anjem Choudary told a reporter that “The event is a rally, a call for the Sharia, a call for the Muslims to rise up and establish the Islamic State in America.” Choudary is a British cleric who said insisted that one day “the flag of Islam will fly over the White House” and that Americans “are the biggest criminals in the world today.” Now, let this paragraph sink in for a minute! I understand freedom, liberty, and freedom of speech in which this country was founded upon however, I say round all these assholes up and ship them out of the United States!
House Passes Sweeping Cuts to Domestic Programs
Who were the 3 Republicans that joined Democrats in opposing Sweeping Cuts to Domestic Programs on the house vote? Reps. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Walter Jones (R-N.C.) and John Campbell (R-Calif.) were the only three who crossed party lines.
Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.