Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Taxpayers beware! A tax "shift" is coming

The House of Representatives has been very quiet so far this week, too quiet.  It has been made painfully clear to anyone who is listening that the new tax on services will devastate what is left of the economy in this state. Everyone knows we need to address this issue quickly as the clock ticks down to the December 1st implementation date. Yet, the only action taken today on the House floor was a resolution criticizing the President for his veto of a water bill.

Lately, the Dems have kept us mostly in the dark about their plans. Word on the street is that on Thursday at noon, they will introduce their "fix" to the service tax.  Our concern is that we will be shifting the businesses in Michigan from "death to dismemberment".

We don't really know for sure what they have planned, because they haven't told us.  This much seems certain, the service tax will be repealed and tied to a replacement.

Now is the time for action.  Please call your state representative and ask him/her to repeal the service tax and replace it with cuts to government spending. The House Republicans have unveiled a list with $677 million in immediate budget cuts, more than offsetting the revenue "lost" by repealing the service tax. To see the list, click here. The list is at the bottom of the post.

Legislators do give consideration to sincere, straightforward phone calls and e-mail messages.  To find your legislator, click here.

Meanwhile, to monitor the "progress" of legislation on the floor Thursday afternoon, read the blog.

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