On March 27 Fox 2 News in Detroit reported, "Governor Rick Snyder used his pardon powers to erase the drunken driving conviction of a politically connected lawyer who was appointed to a state economic board in 2011."
Pardoning a drunk driver is the height of hypocrisy as the Governor uses road safety to try and sell his $2 billion tax increase to skeptical voters. Obviously the Governor can't be all that concerned with road safety given that he pardoned a convicted drunk driver.
Wes Nakagiri had an opportunity to share his views about Prop 1 – Snyder’s Super High Increase in Taxes. He was interviewed on Michigan’s Big Show with Michael Patrick Shiels. Michigan’s Big Show is broadcast in Lansing, Jackson, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Muskegon, Benton Harbor, St. Joseph, Mt. Pleasant, Big Rapids, Reed City, Traverse City and Petoskey.
Wes was interviewed by guest host Kyle Melinn of MIRS. MIRS (Michigan Information and Research Service) is a daily newsletter which covers all the political happenings in our state capitol. Mr. Melinn is the News Editor and co-owner of MIRS. He is a frequent guest on Tim Skubick’s Off the Record TV show.
The headline of the Sunday March 1, 2015 edition of the Livingston Daily is shown above.
RetakeOurGov was able to deliver our message against reckless Lansing spending as Wes Nakagiri testified at a State Board of Canvassers hearing. Nakagiri attended the hearing to voice his concerns with ballot language which would mislead voters.
RetakeOurGov has long advocated getting rid of corporate welfare. Handing out our tax dollars to politically connected companies is just plain wrong. Lansing should not be in the business of picking winners and losers, nor should it be rewarding wealthy political donors with handouts to subsidize their business ventures.
During a recent interview with Capitol Correspondent Tim Skubick, former Lt. Governor Candidate Wes Nakagiri once again stated his opposition to corporate welfare.
The Detroit Free Press published a poll about the proposed sales tax increase. Citizens will go to the polls on May 5, 2015 to decide whether or not they want to increase the Michigan sales tax by 16.7%. This initial poll indicates we have a good chance of defeating the Snyder Tax; however, there is work to do.
Excerpts from the Free Press article are shown below, along with our analysis and commentary. It is not too early to be informing your friends and neighbors about this ballot proposal. Absentee ballots will likely be mailed out in early April.
A reporter at my local paper asked me to comment on Governor Snyder’s State of the State address. I took this opportunity to, once again, blast Snyder’s proposed tax increase. It is unconscionable that with all Republican control in Lansing that we are having to even consider raising taxes. With Republicans in control we should be looking at streamlining government, not growing it.
After returning home from an evening meeting I sent out a press release blasting Governor Snyder's road plan. During this meeting of conservative activists I caught a portion of Snyder's State of the State address. His plan to fix the roads is nothing short of "Highway Robbery." Why did I call it Highway Robbery? Well, during his first term in office spending has increased by $4.7 billion per year yet he claims he can't find $1.2 billion to fix the roads. His mismanagement of our tax dollars is equivalent to robbing Michigan citizens of their hard-earned wages.
His solution to the road problem is to increase our sales tax by 16.7%. This would stick Michigan with the second highest state sales tax rate in the nation. Snyder needs to use his training as an accountant to reallocate about 2% of current spending to fix our roads.
My press release was referenced by a couple of local news organizations. Click the links below to view recent media stories about Snyder's Highway Robbery.
Here is an audio recording of the January 21, 2015 news article heard on WHMI 93.5.
You too can help spread the word about Snyder's Highway Robbery. The best way for an individual activist to help deliver our message is to write one or more letters to the editor of your local newspaper.
RetakeOurGov has assembled alist of reasons why citizens should oppose this Highway Robbery. We encourage you to select one of these reasons and write a letter to the editor of your local paper and express your opposition to this Highway Robbery.
(Did you know that Letters to the Editor are the third most read section of the newspaper? Only the sports page and comics rank higher in popularity than Letters to the Editor. Every activist needs to get into the habit of writing letters to the editor of their local paper, as this is the best way to deliver your message to citizens who are not directly involved in the conservative movement. Please contact us if you need help in developing your letter writing skills or letter writing strategy.)
Below is an email exchange between Bob Hamer and Thayrone X of WAAM Radio. Bob encourages Thayrone to quit calling the Snyder Tax Hike a 1% increase, as increasing the sales tax from 6% to 7% is actually a 16.6% increase. Thanks Bob for pointing this out!
Prop 1 is a Bait and Switch
Because the state will not assure us the one percent increase in the sales tax will go directly to road repair, this is another bait and switch by our elected leaders. Much like the lottery years ago. We were sold on the “fact” that the money from the lottery would be used to help fund schools.
I can’t believe our parting Lawmakers would leave us with such a mess as the May 5 election Proposal 1. It is so confusing. Most will think it is just a simple proposal to change the Michigan Constitution to raise our sales tax from 6 percent to 7 percent. Motor fuel taxes are increased on gasoline/diesel fuel. Vehicle registration fees are increased and no longer tax deductible for federal taxes. That is just the tip of the iceberg.
This May voters in Michigan will go to the polls, but not to elect any politicians. We will be asked whether the legislature should raise the state sales tax. Sounds simple enough. One percent is a tiny amount, right?
The first step of what could be a major victory for Michigan’s middle class takes place in Lansing this week. The House Committee on Tax Policy will be voting on House Bill 4122. Passing this bill out of committee is the first step in eliminating taxpayer funded subsidies to wealthy Hollywood elites.
In response to Senator Mike Kowall’s commentary, “Michigan Senate sets an ambitious agenda for 2015,” I would like to respond. Personally I would have preferred that the MI Senate had set an ambitious 2014 lame duck session and simply addressed one goal – fixing Michigan’s roads. Instead the Senate voted down Bolger’s House Bill 4539, which would have generated an additional $1.2 billion/year in new road funding without increasing taxes on MI residents.