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    Who are the NERD fund donors Mr Snyder?

    Raise the curtain.


    By KG One, Section News
    Posted on Sun Oct 16, 2011 at 08:33:00 AM EST
    Tags: Michigan Income Tax Hike, Michigan Pension Tax Hike, Total Abandonment of Republican Party Principles, More revenue than expected, Time to make amends to those you've wronged. (all tags)

    Remember way back several months ago when Gov. Snyder, along with the aid of Speaker Bolger and Sen. Richardville either through the massive amount of kool aid to the members of their caucus or just flat-out replacing them with life-like replicants, went on a "revenue enhancing" spree the likes of which haven't been seen since the days of Governor Granholm.

    Republican support for increasing state income taxes, local income taxes, utility taxes, pension taxes, tipping fees, medical health care fees...stop me if you heard this story already.

    Well, it turns out that there's a bit of a problem with the amount of money they brought in.

    {Details after the fold.}

    According to this morning's Detroit News, Lansing has a problem. A really big problem, in fact.

    In it's zeal to shake down those of us still producing here in Michigan, it turns out that the state collected about $285-million more than it needed for the last fiscal budget which ended September 30th.

    Oh, what to do? What to do?

    The republicans want to use the money to cover paying back DB costs that should never have been agreed to in the first place or UI costs that sorely lack any oversight altogether.

    Before I have anybody chime in that this was out of their hands that that I should be making suggestions instead of slamming republicans for ignoring their principles (yet again), how about this: Removing all welfare payments from the state budget should go a long way towards paying down/eliminating those costs. No constitutional authority, no spending. You can also look into getting people on UI to do SOMETHING as a condition of getting their 99-weeks of checks. Maybe at least 20-hours a week working in local parks, roads, libraries, or even {gasp} schools assisting in cleaning them up or with their daily operations. That federal UI money won't last forever, so the sooner you put these people to work to qualify for their UI check, the better.

    Yeah, yeah, I know. There I go thinking logically again.

    Moving on, the democrats didn't waste any time coming up with ideas in how they want to spend it. They want the money to go to education.

    "It's a no-brainer to me, that's where we need to put the money," said Sen. Steve Bieda, a Democrat from Warren.

    Sorry, Senator.

    There's a motto from a group HQ'd in this corner of the state that I strongly agree with. It goes something like this:

    "Because every dollar that the government takes, that it doesn't absolutely need, is theft."

    The final numbers won't be ready finalized for a few weeks. But I can think of one thing that Michigan Republicans can do to make amends for their past abandonment of their principles: Give the money back to the people they took it from originally.

    Pick a tax hike, any tax hike, and repeal it; be it income, pension tax, whatever.

    The money available won't cover all of their past mistakes, but it'll at least be a good start.

    < A couple of missed things | Monday in the Sphere >

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    by Tom McMillin on Sun Oct 16, 2011 at 01:36:40 PM EST
    i agree - give it back to taxpayers.
    also want to point out that the tax changes we made earlier this year don't take effect until 1/1/12.

    Great! (none / 0) (#2)
    by KG One on Mon Oct 17, 2011 at 08:31:35 AM EST
    So, can we expect to see a bill repealing one of these taxes this week or next?

    Looks like ya got your answer, KG (none / 0) (#3)
    by Corinthian Scales on Tue Oct 18, 2011 at 03:27:43 PM EST
    Just caught this.

    He told reporters Tuesday that he wants to wait until the January revenue estimating conference before deciding how best to deal with the extra cash, which could total $285 million or more.

    Snyder wants the money to go toward "worthwhile investments, not just spending."

    Yannow, the more the Nerd talks, the more he sounds like a gottdamn Democrat.

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