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    >>Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson launched off an effort to abolish the state's Single Business Tax. Patterson hopes to put a proposal abolishing the tax on the November ballot, and he says he's gotten offers of financial support from business and political leaders. The Detroit News endorsed Patterson's proposal, saying that the tax has driven businesses out of the state. The Detroit Free Press agreed that the SBT is a bad tax but repealing it could result in cuts in services while lawmakers scramble to make up lost revenue. <<

    I hate to say it but I agree with Patterson.  The SBT is a job killer and, regardless of the overall taxes, it is preventing jobs from coming into the state.  And from what I've seen in the past there are cuts that can be made that the government doesn't want made (I believe arts funding is back on the budget and should be cut as it is a luxury that the state can't afford).  At this point the economic situation is so bad, at least partly from the SBT, that I'd vote for killing it and ending any non-essential programs.

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    Detroit, Suburbs Face Off Over Water Board. The Senate passed legislation that would create a seven-member board to oversee Detroit-area water rates. The Free Press's Brian Dickerson called the legislation a political "wedge issue". <<

    Do they still give out awards for stating the obvious?  Too many people in (remember the Kilpatrick newspaper ads?) and out of Detroit get too much political advantage from stirring up hate against the other side.

    "An army of principles can penetrate where an army of soldiers cannot." - Thomas Paine

    by Mister Gloom on Sat Feb 11, 2006 at 05:05:28 PM PST

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