ALTERNATIVE TO RAISING TAXES TO FIX MICHIGAN ROADS
We don’t need a big tax increase to fix our roads. Call your representative now and tell them so.
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From: Concerned Taxpayers of Michigan <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Friday, March 13, 2015 7:42 PM
Subject: 15 state House reps co-sponsor fixing roads without raising taxes. Yours?
The bills introduced by Reps. Gary Glenn [R-Midland] and Todd Courser [R-Lapeer] have 15 co-sponsors between them, according to the state legislature’s website.
Both bills are essentially re-introductions of the plan that the state House passed last year, the “Bolger Plan,” to fix Michigan’s roads without raising taxes, which were unfortunately abandoned in favor of putting massive tax increases up to the voters on May 5.
Of course as we’ve been saying all along, it is unconscionable for the legislature to sit back and wait until May 6, the day after the election, to begin to decide how it will fix Michigan’s roads.
And the “Bolger Plan,” which has already passed the House once and doesn’t raise any taxes, seems like a good place to start working today to fix our roads. The plan also preserves funding for local governments and actually increases funding for public schools.
The House reps who are supporting the Bolger Plan may surprise you. They are:
Rep. Todd Courser (primary bill sponsor)
Rep. Gary Glenn (primary bill sponsor)
Rep. Mike Callton (R-Nashville)
Rep. Lee Chatfield (R-Levering)
Rep. Ray Franz (R-Onekama)
Rep. Cindy Gamrat (R-Plainwell)
Rep. Joseph Graves (R-Argentine)
Rep. Thomas Hooker (R-Bybron Center)
Rep. Joel Johnson (R-Clare)
Rep. Tim Kelly (R-Saginaw)
Rep. Klint Kesto (R-Commerce)
Rep. Dan Lauwers (R-Brockway)
Rep. Bruce Rendon (R-Lake City)
Rep. Harvey Santana (D-Detroit)
Rep. Michael Webber (R-Rochester Hills)
That’s 15 representatives of 110- not a bad start, and refreshing to see a Democrat in support of the plan.
Of those 15, six of them (Callton, Kelly, Kesto, Lauwers, Rendon, and Santana) voted for Proposal 1 last December. Courser, Glenn, Chatfield, Gamrat, and Webber are freshmen. Franz, Graves, Hooker, and Johnson voted against Proposal 1.
If your state representative is not on this list please take a moment to send a message to your representatives in Lansing. Tell them to do their job and support a plan to fix our roads on May 6 [the day after the election].
(Unlike the U.S. Congress, in the Michigan legislature bills can only be co-sponsored before they are introduced, so additional cosponsors cannot be added. But every state representative, and every senator, can go on record supporting any plan.)
If you think about it, the sham argument for Proposal 1–“no choice”–would be absurd in any situation. It would be irresponsible bordering on derelict for any legislator to say on any urgent public safety problem: “let’s ask voters to approve a given plan, but offer no alternative in the event they reject it.”
Yet that is the position some lawmakers are maintaining.
We need to tell our representatives in Lansing, today: Do your job, and support an alternative.
Whether it is Rep. Glenn’s plan, Todd Courser’s plan, or any other plan, the legislature must act, now, to decide upon a plan for the day after May 5–and have it done before the election.
In our opinion, a rejection of the May 5 ballot proposal would be a mandate from the people of Michigan to fix our roads without raising taxes.
Please take a moment now to click here to contact your representatives in Lansing and tell them: Support a plan to fix our roads without raising taxes.
Predictably, the Prop 1 pushers are lashing out, with a spokesman for the “Vote Yes Or Else” campaign saying the plan doesn’t raise enough new money.
More is never enough for the special interests in Lansing.
We will soon focus our efforts on getting out the vote and defeating the massive tax increases on May 5, but we too cannot wait until May 6 to act.
We need to make sure lawmakers do the right thing on May 6, and that means working now, not having emergency meetings and rushing through some new mess.
And besides, the more lawmakers do their jobs and support alternatives, the clearer it will be to the voters that it isn’t “Prop 1 or bust.” We can fix out roads without raising taxes. That’s a message lawmakers need to hear, right now.
Please, take a minute to send a message to your representatives in Lansing. Tell them to do their job and support a plan to fix our roads on May 6.
And keeping in mind that we still have a lot of work to do to win on May 5, we need as much support as we can get. We’re taking on a multi-million dollar special interest blitz.
If you can, please consider chipping in to support our efforts to defeat the tax hikes on May 5.
Thanks for standing for low taxes and more prosperity in Michigan,
The Concerned Taxpayers of Michigan Team
P.S. Our representatives need to hear from us now and they need to know they cannot remain silent. They need to pass a plan to fix Michigan’s roads on May 6, now. Please take one minute to sign the petition to Lansing today!
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