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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Jack's Back

If you were in a barroom brawl, you'd want to have this guy on
your side.
Jack is back.
Macomb County Sen. Jack Brandenburg is a former quarterback, he
could have been a gun-slinger in the ole west, and he cuts a wide path
around these parts as the new chairman of the Senate Finance Committee.
As such, turns out, he is not on the governor's side when it comes
to revamping the state's business tax.
Gov. Rick Snyder is promoting a 6% flat tax to replace the wildly
unpopular Michigan Business Tax. The Snyder concept is opening to
pretty good reviews, but enter Senator B.
He favors a plan to eliminate all the business taxes…that's right
all of them.
It is vintage Brandenburg at its best or worst depending on your
philosophical bent.
He's had it with nibbling around the edges of tax reform which
lawmakers and former governors have been nibbling at for ions.
Mr. Brandenburg concludes the Snyder plan does not "go far enough"
and his idea is a self-described "bold stroke" that sends the message
that "What's good for business is good for Michigan" as he tells the
Macomb Daily.
Well that takes care of that.
Not so fast.
Wiping out the tax adds another billion or so dollars to the $1.5
billion of red ink floating around this town.
Big Jack will have an answer for that, too: Just cut more state
services to make up the difference.
Of course all the special interest groups that make a living by
squeezing state tax dollars out of the capitol, will cry foul and point
out that they can't take anymore cuts thank you very much.
And what about the governor?
He's a guy who campaigned on reducing taxes and Mr. Brandenburg
has called his bluff. This is now put up or shut up time.
If the governor labels this no-tax concept as irresponsible,
there goes the conservative GOP base up in arms. And if he embraces
it, those who thought this was a moderate governor who was willing to
work with all sides, will conclude he is John Engler reincarnate.
Once more one of the governor's fellow Republicans, Big Jack., has
put the governor in a lose-lose position.


Blogger brother99 said...

If Bradenburg believes that all business taxes should be eliminated then he should eliminate the income tax for all working families first. The truth is that working families in MI are the smallest businesses in the state. IE. isn't MR or MRS Adams who goes to work everyday and raises their family running a business. So Senator Brandenburg what is good for working families in MI is good for MI not just a business (especially ones that pull their money out of the state). Let's hope Snyder has enough guts to do the most responsible conservative things and leave the radical ideas to others. I hope he leads and doesn't get drawn into the politics especially from those that didn't support him.

February 3, 2011 at 6:39 AM 
Anonymous Brian said...

Yes, "Jack is Back" , and Michigan is open for business again ! I wonder how much of the so salled "lost revenue" could be made up by some tough negotiating with the MEA ? Defined contribution retirement plans are MUCH more cost efficient than their current "defined benefit" style pensions ...
It's time to do the math Michigan, we have no choice.

February 4, 2011 at 2:12 AM 
Blogger marv rein said...

Troy, Michigan's leadership,city-manager, has it together..1st have an iron clad written contract that is creativity worded, with that city's is always reliable for any mismanagement protected by the Uneducated city council members relying on the city-mangers best guesses/intentions. worth over 200K part--time, and by LAW be the last person left working at the city.

February 4, 2011 at 4:47 PM 
Anonymous Bill said...

It is currently against state law for k-12 NOT to do MPSERS. It has nothing to do with the MEA.

Not that we have that corrected, please proceed.

February 4, 2011 at 7:41 PM 
Anonymous John Crawford said...

Problem: ELIMINATED! - The MI FairTax completely wipes out all state personal Income Taxes along with all state Business Entity Taxes! AND it completely replaces the missed revenue, so there is no added budget deficit! WHY are so many in power and in the media so adamant about IGNORING one of the most well-researched tax reform plans?!!

Make Michigan-made products way more competitive, give every Michigan worker a permanent 4.35% pay raise, entice businesses to locate Corporate Headquarters here - and give Michigan families what we need most - JOBS to CHOOSE from! -

February 5, 2011 at 10:04 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The fairest tax would be a graduated income tax. Unfortunately that simply doesn't pass muster with the right wingers who love the thought of truly screwing the working poor and the middle class with a profoundly regressive sales tax replacement. BTW right wingers, I guess you never heard of driving across the state line and purchasing goods in Ohio, Indiana, or Wisconsin.

February 11, 2011 at 12:35 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jack Brandenburg is a stooge for the MEA, so he doesn't have the guts to reduce any taxes. He is terrified of offending the MEA. He talks big but when push comes to shove, he doesn't walk the walk. The guy is a buffoon.

February 11, 2011 at 8:50 PM 

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