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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Bass Ackwards

   Starting next January when the state's latest version of a business tax takes effect, they will be knocking down the doors to create jobs in Michigan.
   Or will they?
   Asked the other day to promise that the state's jobless rate would go down with a new 6% corporate income tax, Lt. Governor Brian Calley refused to promise but would only say Michigan will now do better compared to surrounding states.
   Here's the dirty little secret in all this chit chat about lowering taxes and standing back and waiting for the job flood gates to open.  If you are a biz executive thinking about moving to Michigan, the first question you asked is not about the tax rate.
    You may find that hard to believe, but according to researcher Lou Glazer, it's true.  If fact the tax rate questions doesn't come up until much later in the conversation.
     Turns out the first question on a CEO's mind concerns the quality of life in a state and more importantly what kind of school system will the CEO be getting his or her kids into.
     And there's the real ironic twist in what just happened in this town.  The Snyder administration indirectly siphoned money from education to help underwrite the $1.7 billion business tax cut.
     So if you believe Mr. Glazer is right, that means the new governor got it wrong.  The money should have gone into the schools with less money for the biz tax cut.
     Glazer has found that the state's that are really doing well actually have higher taxes with Minnesota being the best example.
     So while it sounds great that two-thirds of the businesses in Michigan won't pay any taxes, the school aid fund with lose even more money next year because of that.
     Hence the Snyder critics claim the governor got this one bass ackwards.


Anonymous Jon Awbrey said...

Anyone with a working long-term memory knows where this agenda to “Starve Public Schools Out Of Existence” came from.

Good thing there's web search for the rest of us —

Richard DeVos Advocates “Stealth” Strategy Against Public Education

Blackwater In-Law DeVos Outlines “Stealth” Plot Against Public Education

Strategy for Privatizing Public Schools Spelled out by Dick DeVos in 2002 Heritage Foundation Speech

May 31, 2011 at 7:02 AM 
Anonymous D. Nash said...

Thanks for the links, Jon.

Now it's time for someone in the press to talk about the "Recall Rick Snyder" grassroots campaign that has started throughout Michigan. There are volunteers in every county! We need to recall the governor before he pulls more tricks out of his hat. See Facebook for signing events in your county.

The press has not reported anything about the 6,000 person rally in Lansing that served as a kick off for this movement. We need to get the word out there!

Help us, Please!

May 31, 2011 at 8:00 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Try doing a spell check on your words....some of them are not correct!

May 31, 2011 at 9:25 AM 
Anonymous mpeterson said...

This is just another step towards "those who have" getting a quality education, and "those who don't"....not receiving one. School of choice is only workable for those who can get their children to those schools. Why not have the goal of lifting all schools up? And not starving them of resources? I teach in a school where next door to me there are 14 cognitively impaired students, and the teacher does an awesome job meeting their needs. Guess what....he will lose his job and those students will be funneled into other classrooms where their needs are not met. This governor and his merry men disgust me and I hope people are paying attention to this for what it is.....a disaster for public education. In six month Rick Snyder has become an expert on efficiency and "best practice" in schools......RIGHT!

May 31, 2011 at 4:37 PM 
Anonymous Jon Awbrey said...

And just in case anyone thinks these Educational Privateers are relics of bygone days, here's a couple of recent stories that show us what they have in mind for one of democracy's most critical resources, our system of free public education for all.

The United Gates of America

Rupert Murdoch, Who Bought 90% Of An Education Software Provider, Launches Initiative “To Make Education A Top Issue In 2012 Presidential Campaign”

May 31, 2011 at 7:18 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Governor and the legislature had it wrong in other ways also:

June 2, 2011 at 4:41 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's be real, people. CEO's won't be sending their kids to the schools that serve the lower and middle classes: they'll either go to private schools or to the higher performing public schools that are in the higher-income neighborhoods. What do we have in SE Michigan to offer the CEO's? Well, the International Academy, Detroit Country Day, Orchard Lake St. Mary's, Birmingham Brother Rice, etc.

Lou Glazer comes from the paradigm that if we have a bunch of people with 4-year degrees, then our economy will magically improve, and therefore we should continue to invest in education. The major flaw with his premise is that we can spend money on education until the cows come home, but once our younger people earn their degrees, they leave Michigan, because they have few opportunities there and there are better opportunities with lower start-up costs in other parts of the country, particularly the Sun Belt.

June 7, 2011 at 10:18 PM 

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