Vote NO Prop 1 – May 5

Part II - Repost of yesterday's article (sort of).

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On Tuesday, May 5, Michigan voters will determine whether or not Governor Snyder gets his way demanding Michiganders pay $2 billion more in taxes.  Anyone who has taken the time to study the details of Proposal 1 can see why it benefits the special interest groups who have locked ranks with Governor Snyder to push for the deal at the expense of Michigan tax payers.  The devil is in the details, as they say, but the pro-Prop 1 ad campaign does much to obscure the details and focuses instead on using scare tactics.  If one were to drink the governor’s kool-aid, one might get the impression that Michigan’s pot-holed roads are deadlier than the economic growth-killing taxes the governor proposes to impose on all of us in the Great Lakes State.  As pointed out before on this blog, Prop 1 STINKS TO HIGH HEAVEN, and Michigan voters need to VOTE NO on Prop 1 on MAY 5.

If you haven’t done so yet, then go to the Say NO to Higher Taxes & Special Interest Deals Facebook page, and hit the like button.  Share the link with your friends via social media, and get the word out that we need to show up at the polls in Michigan on May 5.  Only a relentless effort to remind friends, family and co-workers to Get Out the Vote will defeat this really bad proposed legislation.

For my friends in and around St. Clair County, I invite all of you to the Rally Against Higher Taxes on Saturday, May 2, at the Grove Mall in Port Huron, Michigan.  Scott Hagerstrom from Say NO to Higher Taxes and Special Interest Deals will be speaking as will also former U.S. Congressman Kerry Bentivolio.  Be sure to click the “going” button on the event’s Facebook page, and then hit the “invite” button on the event’s page and invite all your Facebook friends to also attend.  Yard signs will be available at the event so you can remind your neighbors and passersby to Vote NO on election day, May 5.  The more people who attend the event, the more awareness we can raise in our area to remind people to Get Out the Vote.  Its not enough to complain about bad proposed legislation – we must get enough people to the polls who agree with us to vote that bad legislation down.

VOTE NO on Prop 1 on MAY 5.

NOTE: For those who already read yesterday’s article, I apologize for re-posting most of the same material here.  I am trying to create an image for use as an ad on Facebook that the Facebook staff will accept.  Facebook has rules governing what is an acceptable ad image.  Specifically, the ad image may only have text over 20% of it.  So, I created the image for this post hoping that Facebook will let me use it to advertise the article which I ran yesterday (reprinted below).

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4 Comments on Vote NO Prop 1 – May 5

  1. John joossens // May 1, 2015 at 7:05 pm //

    Then fix the roads…..and nothing else! If you want to fund other pork projects run those through the legislative process seperatly. WE SHOULD NEVER HAD TO AMENDMENT THE CONSTITUION TO TAKE CARE OF SOMETHING THAN THE GOVERNMENT IS ALREADY CONSTITUTIONAL LY RESPONSIBLE FOR!

    • Tim Keller Tim Keller // May 1, 2015 at 10:52 pm //

      I agree, John. If Proposal 1 were to pass (and I hope everyone reading this gets to the polls on Tuesday and votes NO so that it does not pass), then not a dime of the revenue raised by the lousy Prop 1 bills package would even go to fix a single square inch of Michigan roads until the year 2016. In the meantime, the lousy bill package would cement into place $2 billion of tax increases – annually and permanently. All that to fix a $1.2 billion road problem.

      Michigan’s state government has a spending problem, not a revenue problem.

      The road to our state’s solution must first be paved by fiscal responsibility and NOT by instituting the state’s largest tax increase in half a century.

      Lastly, our state’s road problem must also be approached with a view to improving the construction techniques adopted. Spending billions of dollars for slap dash work only creates more problems “down the road” at an accelerated rate. Building better roads, that can handle more traffic with more long term durability is also part of what must be considered.

      But the long and short of it is that none of this should be done by increasing spending. As you point out, John, cutting pork projects should be the first order of business. State government must learn to live within its means. It is time Lansing got a total money makeover along the lines of a Dave Ramsey budget approach.

  2. We need to quit giving our money away to people who don’t deserve it. I.E. one bridge card per family period no matter what age. Manditory monthly drug tests for these people who don’t have jobs on welfare. They should all get jobs fixing the roads.

  3. Governor Snyder vowing to persist in raising our taxes to fix roads after Prop 1 went down resoundingly in defeat…what did they do with the windfall in money they had from Obama’s soaring gas prices for the last 5 – 6 years ?

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