House appropriations chairman George Cushingberry, (D)-Detroit has proposed raising the income tax from 3.9% to 4.6% to help finance the governor's insatiable appetite for more of your money. When challenged on it, he told MIRS that it was not a tax hike, only a restoration of the previous tax rate. When accused by former Rep. Leon Drolet of pushing a tax increase, he called Drolet a liar. "Irresponsibility and lying to me is grounds for recall...and it's a lie to say we are trying to raise taxes. We're just trying to restore them" to previous levels (MIRS, May 24, 2007).
Maybe Rep. Cushingberry is on the right track, maybe we should restore them...to 1966 levels, when the income tax rate in Michigan was ZERO.