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    Interview with US Representative Brenda Lawrence, MI-14

    A: Interviewer
    B: Congresswoman Lawrence

    A: In terms of your time in Congress thus far, has it been what you expected upon taking office? And has, it been relatively easy to acclimate to your new surroundings and responsibilities?

    B: Okay, well I have approximately 100 days now in Congress, it has been extremely fulfilling. I was able to put an amendment to the education bill for this year. It addresses the monitoring of academic achievement of foster children. Foster children, as you know, are

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    Expansion of the Use Tax and a Possible Compromise

    A bill currently making its way through the Michigan Senate would accelerate the implementation of the sales tax on the difference for new vehicles and watercraft. SB 754 [1] would modify existing legislation by increasing the maximum possible exemption for trade-in vehicles, as well as increase the growth rate of that exemption. 

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    Property Tax Policy

    "The property tax is the oldest major revenue source for state and local governments. At the beginning of the twentieth century, property taxes represented more than eighty percent of state and local tax revenue. While this share has diminished over times as states have introduced sales and income taxes, the property tax remains an important mechanism for funding education and other local services."  This quote from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy demonstrates how important propert

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    Michigan's Generational Tug of War

    Michigan's biggest tax overhaul in seventeen years passed by the state's Legislature and signed by Governor Rick Snyder in the year 2011, finally goes on the books in January this year. It eliminates MBT (Michigan Business Tax) while bringing package of changes to the personal income tax that also includes remodeling of state's pension tax structure. This controversial piece of legislation could only pass after swelling generational tension among Michigan's residents. So far, it has remained hig

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    Business Tax Credits: Useful Tools or Corporate Welfare?

    In his first budget, Governor Snyder made significant changes to the tax structure in Michigan. One the major changes were a reduction in many tax incentives and the elimination of many more. The most controversial reduction was capping the Michigan Film Tax Credit at 25 million dollars. Snyder contended that Michigan needs to get out of the business of picking winners and losers.   Generally, tax credits are viewed as good for business; good for states and a good tool for attract and grow indus…

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    • Interview with US Representative Brenda Lawrence, MI-14

      A: InterviewerB: Congresswoman Lawrence A: In terms of your time in Congress thus far, has it been what you expected upon taking office? And has, it been relatively easy to acclimate to your new sur...
    • Expansion of the Use Tax and a Possible Compromise

      A bill currently making its way through the Michigan Senate would accelerate the implementation of the sales tax on the difference for new vehicles and watercraft. SB 754 [1] would modify existing leg...
    • Property Tax Policy

      "The property tax is the oldest major revenue source for state and local governments. At the beginning of the twentieth century, property taxes represented more than eighty percent of state and local ...
    • Michigan's Generational Tug of War

      Michigan's biggest tax overhaul in seventeen years passed by the state's Legislature and signed by Governor Rick Snyder in the year 2011, finally goes on the books in January this year. It eliminates ...
    • Business Tax Credits: Useful Tools or Corporate Welfare?

      In his first budget, Governor Snyder made significant changes to the tax structure in Michigan. One the major changes were a reduction in many tax incentives and the elimination of many more. The most...
    • Status of Michigan Tax Expenditures and Credits

      Rick Snyder promised to reinvent Michigan and run his administration like he was a "one termer". In short, Snyder was going to make controversial unpopular decisions in order make Michigan more busine...
    • How Do Michigan Business Taxes Now Compare to Other Midwest States?

      Recently, the Michigan Economic Development Association partnered with the Pure Michigan campaign in order to advertise that Michigan was a business friendly state. While this commercial paints a nice...
    • Snyder says tax breaks need a closer look

      One of Rick Snyder's main economic plans during his administration is the elimination of the Michigan Business Tax, including the tax credits that are attached to it. Instead of maintaining the credit...
    • Will Michigan reduce its individual tax rate as planned?

      When Michigan lawmakers raised the state income tax in 2007 they promised that it was scheduled to drop in 2011. Now Governor Rick Snyder has a tough decision to make regarding this tax. He could eith...
    • Uncertain Future For Earned Income Tax Credit?

      Talk of eliminating the state's Earned Income Tax Credit has proponents of the credit strongly defending their position. They say the credit is a great tool for keeping Michigan above the poverty line...
    • Snyder's Michigan Business Tax replacement may help businesses, but lose revenue for state

      When Governor-elect Rick Snyder takes office Jan. 1, one of his top priorities is to replace the Michigan Business Tax with a 6 percent corporate income tax. He says this tax model will stimulate the ...
    • Rick Snyder to Eliminate MI Business Tax?

      The Chairman and CEO of Ann Arbor venture capital firm Ardesta LLC, and newly elected Governor, Rick Snyder, had big plans for the state as a governor. Now his job is to turn these plans, such as putt...
    • Does Michigan's Tax Structure Need An Overhaul?

      Commentary: It is obvious that many are unhappy with the state of Michigans economy, and the problems all stem from our tax structure. With the recent election and the new governor in office reworkin...
    • Tax breaks fuel $2 billion of business investment in Michigan?

      The Michigan Economic Growth Authority has approved a series of tax incentives for Ford and Chrysler, and expanded on previously approved incentives for General Motors. Between a tax break for General...
    • MI is the 17th best "business climate" in the US

      Michigan's often criticized business climate has been ranked 17th out of 50 in the Tax Foundation's 2011 State Business Tax Climate Index for the second consecutive year. The Tax Foundation is a non-p...
    • Michigans Business Taxes and the Possible Repeal Post Election

      Commentary: The Michigan Business Tax and its surcharge is one policy that has had many Michigan businesses angry for quite a while. It includes a 22 percent surcharge and a complicated web of tax in...
    • Governer's must turn tax talk into action

      Despite their many different policy opinions across the board, gubernatorial candidates Virg Bernero and Rick Snyder do have very similar tax policy opinions. Each wants to replace the Michigan Busine...
    • Proposal to Expand Michigan Business Tax Incentives for Battery Technology

      Under the 2007 PA 36, amending section 434, the Michigan Economic Growth Authority is authorized to provide tax credits to stimulate the domestic commercialization and affordability of high-power ener...
    • E-Commerce Taxation

      Shopping online has risen greatly in the past decade. Internet purchasing has made it easier to find the lowest prices in the least amount of time, and the ease of shopping while in the comfort of yo...
    • Conflicting Studies on Michigan Business Tax Incentives

      Michigan's most pressing public policy problem is quite clearly its sluggish economy and high level of unemployment. As of April 2010, 14.1% of Michigan workers are unemployed, the highest rate of any...
    • A Positive Outlook for Michigan's Economy?

      The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) on March 4th announced that for the month of February, revenue receipts at the federal level were around $16 billion higher than receipts from the previous ...
    • HB5770; Lawmakers Propose a Tax Hike

      In January, a three-bill package to raise the tax on gasoline was introduced in the State House of Representatives.  The Bills; HB5768, HB5769, and HB5770 were introduced to increase revenue in the...
    • Tax Delinquency Changes Proposed to Prevent Foreclosure

      On March 25th 2009, Democratic Representative Bert Johnson introduced an amendment to the 1893 General Tax Act. The amendment would prohibit foreclosures on homes of the elderly and handicapped for ta...
    • Exclude Unpaid Utility Bills from Forfeiture Considerations?

      House Bill 4050 was introduced by Representative Bettie Scott (Democrat, 3rd District) on January 22, 2009. The stated purpose of the bill is to amend the Michigan property tax code to exclude unpaid ...
    • 2010 Gubernatorial Candidates on Taxes

      The 2010 Michigan Gubernatorial Race is underway and candidates are now preparing for the primary election in August.  Each candidate has come out and stated the need for changes in our tax policy, bu...
    • Governor Granholm Proposes a Tax on Services

      Last Thursday, Governor Granholm released her proposal for the 2011 budget, in which she proposed a reduction in the sales tax- from 6% to 5.5%, and then extending the tax to consumer services.  T...
    • Ruling Changes the Nature of Michigan Property Taxes

      A recent ruling by the Michigan Court of Appeals could have broad implications for Michigan tax policy. The court ruled that the spirit of Proposal A, which limits annual increases in property taxes,...
    • Do Michigan Citizens Actually Want a Tax Hike?

      Last month, By the People, a group working for MacNeil/Lehrer Productions under the Center of Deliberative Democracy at Stanford University, published their poll results from November 2009.  In th...
    • Michigan Tax Restructuring Proposals

      With the economy in a recession, and Michigan already looking at a 1.6 billion dollar deficit for the Fiscal Year due to our falling tax revenues, the state tax structure is being presented as in need...
    • The Michigan Business Tax Surcharge: Repeal on the Horizon?

      In 2007, Michigan lawmakers faced at that time, budgetary woes unparalleled to previous years. With a projected budget deficit near 1.8 billion dollars and a looming October 1st deadline, the legislat...
    • Interview with the House Fiscal Agency

      Q:  What exactly does the House Fiscal Agency do? A:  HFA provides non-partisan information to members of the House of Representatives.  A more complete picture can be obtained by visiting to our we...
    • Should Michigan Look Into Taxing Pensions?

      The Michigan legislature is looking for revenue to make up for the large deficit we are facing.  Recently, reports have suggested that Michigan should question its retiree pension tax exemptions.  Ac...
    • Michigan's Earned Income Tax Credit(MEITC) Debate

      The Michigan Earned Income Tax Credit (MEITC) was designed and implemented in 2006 as an additional tax credit for those families in Michigan that qualify for the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (...
    • Michigan's Tax Expenditures, a Closer Look

      A tax expenditure is a loss of revenue attributable to an exemption, deduction, preference, or other exclusion under federal tax law. Tax expenditures are used in attempts to: -Redistribute the t...
    • Michigan's Business Tax Climate Ranks 17th in the Nation for 2010

      The 2010 State Business Tax Climate Index ranks Michigan #17 on overall tax climate.  17 out of 50 sounds good, right?  Then why are we having so many problems? Looking around the Midwest, the only...
    • The Michigan Business Tax

      Prior to July of 2007, Michigan had been using the Single Business Tax (SBT) for tax policies dealing with businesses.  The SBT was put into action to replace seven existing taxes on income, property...
    • Physician Tax?

      As the extension to complete the Fiscal Year budget looms ahead (now only 10 days away), the legislature is faced with more decisions on taxing.   One proposal, found in HB 5386, is a 3% tax to phys...
    • Tax Amnesty, Will it Work?

      Last week, the Senate voted to pass an amnesty period on unpaid taxes for the citizens of Michigan of the 2008-2009 Fiscal Year (which ended almost three weeks ago, on September 30th).   This would ...
    • How Michigan's Budget Battle Will Affect Your Taxes

      As we find ourselves two weeks past the original, October 1st deadline for a state budget deal, many of the remaining disputes have crystalized into a sharp, partisan divide over how to deal with six ...
    • The Mackinac Center's Proposal for our Fiscal Situation

      At a time when our state has the highest unemployment rate (which seems to only be rising) at 15.2% - higher than even Puerto Rico - it begs the question, how do we fix this!? There have been many so...
    • Tax Hikes or Tax Cuts?

      As the budget deadline nears, the legislators are under pressure to get Michigan's 2010 Fiscal Year budget planned.  Because they need to make up for a$2.2 billion dollar deficit, action needs to be t...
    • Governor Granholm Releases her Budget Proposal

                  Yesterday, Governor Granholm released her proposal for the 2009-10 and 2010 budget resolution. Each year, the governor is required to balance the budget, and at a time of such economic cri...
    • Mike Cox's Plan...$2 Billion in Tax Cuts

                  Attorney General and 2010 Gubernatorial Candidate, Mike Cox released his 61 page plan entitled "Putting Michigan Back to Work:  The First Steps", which includes his plan for his first year...
    • Could Tax Incentives be a Solution to Michigan’s Unemployment Rate?

      In August, Vice President Joe Biden, visited the state to announce a $1.36 billion grant to fund advanced battery technology companies.  In addition to the available $700 million in tax credits, the...
    • Current Tax Expenditure Levels May Warrant Concerns in Budget Planning

      For the fiscal year 2009 (FY09), Michigan’s tax expenditures are anticipated to rise 6.7%, or in dollar terms- almost $2.2 billion.  The tax expenditure rate is increasing faster than that of the...
    • What is a tax expenditure?

      There is so much talk about tax expenditures in legislation and news reports, but do we actually know what a tax expenditure is? By definition, a tax expenditure is:  Revenue losses attributable ...
    • Interview: Wendy Day, Michigan Tea Party

      Michigan Tea Party Websites: www.justgive2.comwww.newpatriotrevolution.com Q: Do you think the country should have $787 billion to try and re-stimulate the economy? A: Spent? No. Printed? Heck no. ...
    • Property Tax Change Hits the House

      On March 18th 2009 the Michigan Senate approved a new property tax change, that if approved by the House will appear on the 2010 ballot. The constitutional amendment, that was passed in the Senate 29 ...
    • Cigarettes for the Children

      Cigarette smokers in Michigan are being hit with yet another tax increase on their tobacco. Starting April 1st 2009 a new federal tax signed in by President Obama, will increase the price of cigarette...
    • What the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Means for Taxes

      Michigan Senator, Carl Levin pleaded with president Obama in his Senate floor statement last Friday about how crucial the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was for the state. He believes it is an...
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