So, four years ago, we took $1.65 billion dollars out of the state coffers and gave it to businesses, then tried to replenish that money by reaching into the pockets, wallets and pensions of our low-income and middle-income taxpayers. Not surprisingly, the state found itself short — to the tune of $1.2 billion dollars — of the funds needed to provide the obvious services that affect the public everyday — school funding, local government services, and most frustratingly, roads that aren’t literally falling apart.
Poor Michigan! We’re Broke!
Now comes the Governor and the Legislature telling us that we need to tax ourselves — predominantly, tax the lowest-income people in the state — even further.