Sorry I haven’t posted in a while – school got a little hectic, so here’s the post I started working on a couple days ago:
As I’m sure most of you have heard by now, Michigan ended the shutdown 4 hours and 18 minutes into it when some Republicans finally caved in to
kill the economyvote for the Dems’ budget. Now – I don’t have as much of a problem with the income tax increase as I do with the service tax, because the income tax had a 5 year sunset, while the service tax is a brand new tax that’s here to stay forever (reminds me of Ted Kennedy, crap that’ll be with us for way to long). Here’s an abbreviated list of what will be taxed (the full bill is available here: http://www.legislature.mi.gov/documents/2007-2008/billenrolled/House/htm/2007-HNB-5198.htm):
- Carpet and upholstery cleaning
- Business advising
- Armored cars, guards, etc…
- Investment advice
- Janitorial services
- Landscaping, gardening
- Astrologers, psychics, etc…
- Coin operated machines
- Credit Card Notifications
- House Sitting
- Pay phones
- Wedding chapels and planners
- Any scenic, tourist, ski lodge type stuff
- Packaging, labeling, shipping, etc…
- Storage services
And that’s abbreviated – basically all the smaller constituents who don’t have lobbyists in Lansing.
The Monday that the budget had passed, I was at an Isabella County GOP event where 99th Michigan House of Representatives Representative Bill Caul was there to speak to us (and he was doing quite well for going 2 days without any sleep).
One of the things that he mentioned was that other states who have added a service tax which taxes storage services have later gone back to make this include banks, because they store money (although I think credit unions would be exempt due to their non-profit status – go credit unions!), which really concerned me.
The point is – this new tax is here to stay, and it’s largely the fault of some Republicans. Those who caved should be voted out of office – they are a disgrace to the party and have joined the Michigan Democrats in killing our state.
The effects won’t be seen immediately, but when less people can afford to go to ski lodges and tanning booths, over time, this WILL take a toll on the economy.
Hopefully we can recall Granholm and these traitors sometime soon, and get Michigan back on track.