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Poll Shows Michigan Residents Oppose Expansion Of Sales Tax

May 19, 2010 by  

Poll shows Michigan residents oppose expansion of sales taxThe idea of expanding the sales tax to services has been floated as one way to help lower Michigan’s budget deficit, but a new survey shows that most residents overwhelmingly oppose this measure.

The poll, released by the the Michigan Chamber of Commerce and the Michigan Association of Realtors, found that 75 percent of likely voters oppose the proposal put forward by Governor Jennifer Granholm and House Speaker Andy Dillon to lower the sales tax rate from 6 percent to 5.5 percent and expand the tax to most consumer services.

Only 21 percent support this measure, according to the survey.

"The more the people of Michigan learn about a service tax, the more they see it as an effort to nickel-and-dime those who can least afford it," said Michigan Chamber President and Chief Executive Officer Rich Studley.

"Businesses and working families are struggling and can’t afford to bear any more burdens," he added.

The survey moreover found that the opposition was consistent across the political spectrum. In fact, 77 percent percent of Republican voters and 74 percent of independents were joined by 60 percent of Democrats in expressing a negative view of the governor’s plan.

According to recent estimates, Michigan faces between $1.6 billion and $1.7 billion deficit for the upcoming fiscal year, which starts Oct. 1.

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  • Dave Jevahirian

    this is why I move out of michigan who can live there !!

    • http://?? Joe H.

      Dave J.,
      I moved out of Michigan in 1980 and the only time I go back is to visit relatives. Michigan is a beautiful state, but it is being torn to hell by high unemployment and politicians that don’t know what they are doing. For too many years, most industry was connected in one way or another to the auto industry! They have just recently got the message that when you have all your eggs in one basket and that basket breaks, so do all your eggs!!!

      • Ted Crawford

        Do you think that someday, in the not too distant future, they might get the message that progressive politicans only have one answer to every problem, TAX and SPEND!!!!

  • Disgusted

    This will be the trend all over – the state and federal governments can’t balance their checkbook (already funded by the american taxpayer) so they will tax us some more instead of getting down to business and doing what it takes to balance their checkbooks. Rediculous. This country is trying to subsidy so many “programs” that they are driving us into destitution. I say make the welfare recipients take drug tests before they can receive their payments. Stop all the benefits for prisoners (yes, they get more than they should) – if they broke the law and are serving time they should have only the bare minimum of necessities. On and On and On and On – Way to many “programs” draining the coffers!

  • Robin from Arcadia, IN

    I grew up in Michigan. The unions for the big 3 have literally made it impossible to live there, unless you worked for one of the big 3. I am not surprised about all the issues this state has. I still have relatives that live there. Michigan was always known to be a ‘welfare state’, too. With the combination of unions and welfare, it’s no wonder they are in debt!

  • s c

    Some of Michigan’s problems were made in Detroit. An twisted obsession with unions and Uncle Scam seems to be at the heart of their lose-lose situation. Watch on what’s happening with retired union members and their curious inability to hang on to their retirement benefits (especially health benefits).
    Just because someone lasts long enough to retire via a union doesn’t mean they can expect to keep their healthcare (they can’t do that! – or CAN they?). They’re DOING it now, folks.
    The many joys of keeping the union strong, only to learn the hard way that “some” members are expendable (if union leadership “justifies” it). ‘Some’ working men and women deserve their health benefits, and some don’t (the fickle joys of brotherhood). It sounds like a job for Superbubba (wait a minute, HE helped create the problem).
    Good luck, Michigan. You’ve been hosed and hung out to dry. Don’t hold your breath, waiting for Obummer to dole out money from his personal “stash.”

  • George E

    The only tax most people will vote for nowadays is one they think they won’t have to pay; ie, let the rich pay it…….Of course, those taxes always get paid by the middle class, one way or the other.

  • John Pickett

    I thought she said look what I’ve done for Michigan!!! She tried it again. She said I have lowered Taxes but added them to more things we purchase. Get your wide A#$ back to Canada or better yet go to Mexico it’s farther from us. And as far as the unions are concerned they can go with her!!! Granny “wide a#$” Granholm you have caused more crap just like your mentor Barry “Barack Hussein Obama” Sotero! Take that as a notice Leave Now!!!!!!!!!!

    • Meteorlady

      Careful and chill. You are not out there, but your message needs to calm down a bit. We are monitored you know?

    • Wolverines

      Amen John Amen

  • TIME

    Oh come on people admit it you all want to pay more TAX’s now don’t you?

    Afterall the Feds keep telling you you should, just look at the media and all the BIG STARS they thinks so too.

  • Chief Eagle

    Remember Joe the Plumber; everyone remembers him. Obama was upfront about taking from the wealthy and giving it to the ‘low life’ people and they still voted for the smile and deception. How many will do the same in the next national election?

    This Muslim is dismanteling our freedoms promised in our Founding Father’s Constitution in every direction. This illegal usurper President still is destroying America. Nixon got the boot and Obama needs to stand before a Senate Sub-Committee to prove his eligibility.
    Congress persons have no ‘guts’ which means we need to vote in all new conservative and fiscal responibile people into our American Congress.

    • Meteorlady

      Hey maybe it’s time for John Galt?????? Think about it….. it makes sense if this form of government continues.

      • http://?? Joe H.

        Have you heard anything about the lawsuit that was supposed to start last Friday?? Somebody posted the site here about Monday or Tuesday and then I didn’t see anything else! I’d like to see if they got to another judge!

  • 45caliber

    There is a limit to taxes that even loyal Democrats will pay. I think Oblama and friends actually believe that any LOYAL Americans will be more than happy to pay all income to the government if the government in return will let them have welfare and “free” health care.

    It think the feds have reached that limit. I think they know it – so they are deliberately spending money they won’t have for decades with the idea that the citizens of the US then won’t have any ability to reduce the taxes they intend to pile onto us. “We gave you this so now you have to pay for it or the country goes under!”

    • Meteorlady

      When Obama and friends took over GM, Obama called the bond holders (those are the retired people and people saving for their retirement) that they were “greedy” because they would not sign over their legal rights as bond holders. So he just did his government takeover of GM and gave the rest of the bond holder’s share to the Unions. Adding new taxes on us is easy for him. He is proposing a 1 cent a barrel tax on oil which will cause that to be paid by us in the form of a price increase. He has other, better scams, for increasing taxes and we will ultimately pay the price with a sick economy for years to come.

      He is dangerous because he truly believes that anything he does is OK and we can only complain but not really do anything. Which is sort of true. BUT….. November is coming and we’re mad!

  • http://none Larry Suiter

    Time to impeach the Big O change in this country and staff, clean out the Whitehouse.


      Agree! Throw the bums out!

  • DangerousDoug

    Every State budget Jenny says theres not enough money,we are going
    to have to cut our per-student money for the schools.(throw the kid’s
    under the bus)yes.the schools have taken big cuts.
    How about cutting the money the state puts on those bridge cards
    every month! The people with these cards should take a hit,lower the amount of money per-month,would be good for their weight loss also.

    • s c

      Doug, you have four options. 1] HOMESCHOOL your kids 2] put them in a private school 3] put them in a church school or 4] surrender, and think about you and your kids being in chains under wannabe slavemasters like Obummer.
      My best advice is to go for option #1. If people had done this when people like Obubba kicked God out of public schools, we wouldn’t have a Department of Education, and we’d have at least two generations of Americans who would have identified progressives as traitors and kicked them out of Washington politics.
      If you live in Michigan, Doug, PLEASE seriously think about option #1.

      • Meteorlady

        The government eye has turned to home schoolers. They are going to try and ban the practice, but they have nothing to argue with since most home schooled children score higher than government schooled children.

      • http://?? Joe H.

        What is wrong with the church schools? They score a hell of a lot higher than the public schools!! There are a lot of parents not able to home school as both have to work to make ends meet. There are many reasons they can’t home school. I would say the first three are ok, as long as you can keep them out of public systems!!

        • s c

          Joe H, things change. For many years, church schools and private schools were the better options. I don’t know how to say this tactfully. Many people aren’t yet aware that MOST major religions are apostate.
          You must know that everything that politics touches eventually turns into @$^*. And so it is with government, economics, education AND religion. If you do some research, you will learn that some churches manipulate ‘faith’ to indoctrinate kids via an educational setting.
          A turning point in history has started, and societies around the world are devolving. We can’t escape it. The best you can do is to keep your distance from a government gone mad, and in the case of those who have kids it means HOMESCHOOLING is the last best option. Others who have researched this might get in on this conversation.

        • Wolverines

          Joe H, & Meteorlady;
          What you state is absolutely correct by the scores where I live. The home schooled kids, and the Seventh Day Adventist school switch back and forth at #1. Usually never more than a point or two between them.
          Third and fourth are also church schools but can’t remember the names. Our public schools come in at #5 out of 5 every test. ha ha… Not too good huh? Must have something to do with being state/gov run.

  • eddie47d

    Residents of any state need to challange any new tax and vote on it. Whether that vote is by their elected officials or individuals.Don’t complain about the repercussions (after the fact) whether you are for or against that tax. We all act like that is something new. The article also points out how little people care about the deficits. You seldom hear of any solutions and most are rejected anyways.

  • Meteorlady

    Heaven forbid they should clean up the welfare ranks, clean up the fraud and waste in their own government programs. Stop educating in anything but English in their schools. Stop pandering to illegals and get them the heck out of there. And most of all make people that can work find a job and support themselves. Either that or the welfare recipients can actually do some government service work to pay for their freebies.

    • Meteorlady

      Was replying to DangerousDan above about Michigan.

  • Steve

    LOL, Of course the majority of citizens are against raising or expanding the sales tax! WE have to live within a budget, every damn day! Why shouldn’t government have to live within a reasonable budget? I would like to get a pay raise every year, as I’m sure all the Michigan residents would, everybody would, but HEY!!! WE LIVE IN THE REAL WORLD. It’s time to make the federal and state governments live in the real world too, OUR world.

    If you are lucky enough to live in a state that has no sales tax now, then DON’T EVER let them talk you into voting for one! No matter how good they make it sound to you, (more equality, more sharing of the burden, blah, blah, etc) NEVER EVER let them talk you into voting in a sales tax. Once ANY TAX IS IN, they can raise it at will, (with the same old budget shortfall excuse) or they can try and do an end run like they are here, and “expand” it to services. Expanding it to services sounds a lot better to most people than RAISING IT!! LOL those gov. idiots think the people of Michigan are going to fall for this sneaky attempt?? Ha Ha I doubt it…. ;-)


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