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In and outs of the political campaigns, focusing on Michigan and Lansing, Tim Skubick will report regularly throughout the primary and then general election campaigns.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

My Gruel or Yours

Virg Bernero, the Democrat who would be governor, was spot on the
other day as he tagged some of his opponent's plans, "lofty rhetoric
with few specifics.'
That was in a news release. Out on the stump he was more pithy
calling Rick's Snyder's ideas, "Paper thin. It's ridiculous. It's very
thin gruel. There's no there, there." It was a great sound bite.
Well turns out, it takes one to know one.
Mr. Bernero has the same problem when it comes to his "plan" to
revamp the Michigan Business Tax. At least Mr. Snyder has proposed a
6% flat rate levy. Mr. Bernero has proposed nada.
"That's something I'm going to work out with the business
community," he began his defense of having no meat on his biz tax
carcass.
Work out?
He's been running for governor since last January and still no
specifics on revamping the MBT? Don't the voters deserve a peak before
they vote?
"Well, it's a good question. It's something we have to work out
but not everything is going to be exactly spelled out," he sounded just
a bit like Mr. S.
Does the phrase "trying to nail down Jell-O" mean anything to you?
The Mayor is a bit more forth coming on eliminating the 22%
surcharge
on businesses. He says he will replace the lost $700 million by more
"cuts and efficiencies" but he has not listed where those will occur
either.
And he did suggest he would likely eliminate the gross receipts
tax and no one would pay the tax if they did not make any money.
But he confesses that when it comes to the all important business
tax rate, your guess is as good as his. However he did not describe
his own lack of specifics as thin gruel or lofty rhetoric.
He could have.

2 Comments:

Blogger marv rein said...

MICHIGAN lost $700 million?? one of the bloomfeilds can NOT build one HIGH SCHOOL for less then $100 milion.so what only $700millioin?

October 6, 2010 at 5:29 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope Virg wins, and the R's take the state legislature, and cut off his water. He'd then be signing bills that kill off the public employees union stranglehold on politics in this state. Sort of a reverse Governator effect.

Snyder will just cave and give them whatever they want.

It sounds counterintuitive, but Virg may be the best hope for reform in this state.

October 6, 2010 at 6:18 AM 

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