sailing with Republicans in the state senate.
Gov. Rick Snyder's proposed income tax on public and private
pensions has produced at least ten "no" or "leaning no" votes in the
GOP senate which means he needs four democrats to pass his plan if all
the rest of the GOP senators go along.
Good luck with that.
But this should hardly shock the new governor since even he knew,
the non-career politician, that taxing granny would be a tough sell.
"Hell, no," blurted out Sen. Joe Hune from Livingston County when
asked how he would vote right now.
"I'm leaning no," followed Phil Pavlou of St. Clair Shores.
Another firm "no" is new Sen. Patrick Colbeck who has a little
Tea Party juice in his DNA and Macomb County's Jack Brandenburg has
been a "no" even before the governor release his proposal.
Others have adopted the more politically correct stance of, " I
have no clue" as Sen. Judy Emmons from up North put it.
Sen. Geoff Hansen from Hart showed no heart by side-stepping the
how would you vote today inquiry? "We're not voting today," he smiled.
And on and on it goes as Republicans bob and weave on this one.
Lt. Gov. Brain Calley is the administration's point guy on all
this and he has not bothered to count noses because "it's too early."
He's correct of course as he also notes, "All reforms are tough."
But it's clear senate Republicans are not moving in lock-step
behind their new governor. In fact the search for an alternative to
the unpopular pension tax has already begun.
The tax would raise $900 million and the governor has told anybody
who will listen that if they don't like his plan, find one of your own
and we'll talk.
Given the ten no votes in the senate and counting, the talking
better start now.