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  •  And they are relentless (1+ / 0-)
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    Was there ANY part of their agenda that they did NOT pass?   They passed everything they said they wanted to pass and then passed more.  Hell, they passed right-to-work even when their own governor had to be dragged along.

    It wasn't enough to cut business taxes; they just recently eliminated the property tax on business equipment, thereby blowing up the budget; take a guess who's going to be making THAT money up (hint: NOT businesses).

    They got the votes and they used them.  It's up to the left to do the same when it gets the votes to do so.

    "Unseen, in the background, Fate was quietly slipping the lead into the boxing glove." P.G. Wodehouse

    by gsbadj on Wed Dec 26, 2012 at 01:15:08 PM PST

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    •  the business tax issue is a tough one (0+ / 0-)

      I don't claim to understand all the motivation, but I know that much of the push to lower business taxes in states is a push to get jobs to their states. I wouldn't be surprised to see this trend continue and expand.

    •  Governor was not dragged along on right-to-work (1+ / 0-)
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      At the start of this year he said it was too divisive  and we didn't need one now and he did not want one at his desk.  No fight, no bill.
      Then after the election... either pissed at unions for their ballot measure or just knowing enough to wait until AFTER people had voted, he said he is ready for such a bill and viola! It was timing.

      Another post 2012 election hit to the people will be the tax changes that were passed very soon after the election.  Smart planning to delay it until now because a lot of people are really going to feel the hits. So they cut taxes for businesses, oh my, this is the first year that many who rely on homestead Property tax credit wiull feel that gut kick. They made so many changes to it, eliminating many (income cap is now 50k, not prior 82+k and more things are considered income.
      Out of work sister or friend Staying with you? Anyone who lives in home has income added in to see if owner qualifies now, related or not, shared income or not. Home assessed value  over 132k?  We don't care that the state assessed value (thus taxes) is rising up as actual worth is crashing, no credit for you.
      While more things are income counted less things are deductions. Wiping out most credits...
      Excuse me, just credits that help the lower and moderate income, directly or indirectly.
      Giving money to homeless shelters? Good for you, we need them more than ever having cut tens of thousands of families off assistance a year early...
      and after all those business tax credits don't require employers... you know, hire people and we also cut unemployment...
      so... good for you for helping.
      You lost the deduction.

      So many changes, all for the bad for joe main street. It is going to hurt... not just the individual families loosing hundreds to thousands they've relied on
      but businesses who will not get their money spent there
      and food lines who will see more hungry
      and so on.

      On the bright side I won't be nagging my son to bring his young family back here. An ugly atmosphere. Michigan has been my one geographical loyalty. Wherever I was it was home, I've never felt such revulsion as I have the last two years

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