Michigan Running a Surplus – Who Knew?

January 23, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
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If you heard Jennifer Granholm talk, you’d never know there was a surplus. Our state is bleeding businesses and people. The ONLY industry that Granholm saw fit to offer incentives was Hollywood (movie/television etc.). It was a great lesson showing that tax cuts/incentives to industry work – but I guess the stars in her eyes blinded her to the fact that it would work across the board. In any case – I want my money back!

“Taxpayers deserve a refund!”
-Attorney General Mike Cox

MORNING UPDATE

Cox calls for state tax refund…Attorney General Mike Cox says the state is overcharging taxpayers, and more than $700 million should be refunded to them to help with car, house and other payments. He said when the state raised income and business taxes in October 2007, it was sold as a means to deal with an economic crisis. And yet, he noted, the state ended the last two fiscal years with surpluses, including $712 million for the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30.

Michigan taxpayers educate the country and other Granholm travesties

May 1, 2007 by · 2 Comments
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Michigan is like the poor waif looking in at the opulence from a cold frustrating place. The rest of the country is enjoying the feast while Jennifer Granholm is content blaming Bush for our woes and taxing the life out of those of us and businesses struggling to stay.

In a whispy headed attempt to scare tax-payers into “putting out,” she announced yesterday that she would be taking away $125 in funding per public school student and cutting Medicaid funding for hospitals by 6%. Am I shuddering? No, I’m mad!

More news in the past week:

In 2004, 72 percent of Michigan State University’s graduating class secured jobs in Michigan. The following year, that number went down to about 62 percent. In 2006, the percentage of MSU students finding employment within Michigan dipped to about 50 percent, according to Phil Gardner, director of the Collegiate Employer Research Institute at Michigan State University.

In light of this not so new development, perhaps Ms. Granholm should consider cutting the Michigan Promise Scholarship program which gives money to any Michigander high school graduate who merely takes the MEAP or MME standardized test and maintains a measly 2.5 GPA in college, university, technical school, or other approved post high school education.

Students who do not receive qualifying scores on the state assessment test will still receive up to $4,000 after the successful completion of two years of postsecondary education with at least a 2.5 GPA associate’s degree, two-year certificate, vocational education program or 50 percent of the academic requirements for a bachelor’s degree).

Bolding mine – So they don’t even have to complete the degree requirements.

Oooh, free money:

Scholarship and grant amounts that exceed tuition, fees and books are considered to be taxable income and are to be reported as such on income tax filings. For more information, discuss with a financial advisor.

So Granholm wants to tax Michigan out the whazoo scaring away potential employers and rich elderly tax payers:

Comerica Inc. was founded in 1849 in Detroit and the Detroit Tigers play in Comerica Park, but this week the bank holding company announced it is moving its headquarters to Dallas–where, it said, the bigger growth opportunities are. Consider it one more vote of confidence in the state the national expansion forgot, and especially in Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm’s economic agenda.

Re-elected last year, Ms. Granholm recently rewarded the voters by announcing some $1 billion in new fees and tax increases. The plan would charge Michigan residents higher levies for almost every activity inside the state with a moving part. She would tax trucking, shopping, smoking, hunting, fishing, drinking beer and liquor, using a cell phone and, yes, even dying.

Her plan does complete the phase-out of the state’s hated “single business tax,” which the Tax Foundation has called one of the most anti-growth business taxes in the nation. She should have stopped right there. Instead the Governor wants to create a new corporate income tax as well as a new 2% excise tax on upwards of 100 business services. The net effect would be to raise Michigan’s overall business tax burden. She’d also impose a 5% death tax on estates valued at more than $2 million–which is a sure way to encourage even more Michigan retirees to relocate to Florida.

Then she subsidizes college educations with our tax money and the graduates are fleeing the state to find jobs. Talk about an absurd investment into Chicago’s future with kisses from Michigan.

Kelley Bishop, executive director of career services at MSU, said a growing number of Michigan students are making a home in Chicago. A survey taken by his office on graduating MSU students found that, in 2003, 6 percent of the student population relocated to Chicago. In 2004, that number grew to 8 percent; 2005, 12 percent; and 2006, 15 percent.

thebobs.jpgBring on the “Bobs” to clean out Michigan Government. They certainly couldn’t hurt it any more than Granholm and her pals already have.

Just wondering Ms. Granholm…where’s all that extra revenue our state was supposed to see from the mandatory delay in the start of the public school year until after Labor Day?

Michigan Adulterers Beware!

January 16, 2007 by · 1 Comment
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Just to be safe, I may send a copy of this article to Mr. Slice – not that he’s thinking of…well, nevermind.

In a ruling sure to make philandering spouses squirm, Michigan’s second-highest court says that anyone involved in an extramarital fling can be prosecuted for first-degree criminal sexual conduct, a felony punishable by up to life in prison.

“We cannot help but question whether the Legislature actually intended the result we reach here today,” Judge William Murphy wrote in November for a unanimous Court of Appeals panel, “but we are curtailed by the language of the statute from reaching any other conclusion.”

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“Technically,” he added, “any time a person engages in sexual penetration in an adulterous relationship, he or she is guilty of CSC I,” the most serious sexual assault charge in Michigan’s criminal code.

No one expects prosecutors to declare open season on cheating spouses. The ruling is especially awkward for Attorney General Mike Cox, whose office triggered it by successfully appealing a lower court’s decision to drop CSC charges against a Charlevoix defendant. In November 2005, Cox confessed to an adulterous relationship.

More here.