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Where State House candidates stand on important tax issues.

The Michigan Taxpayers Alliance sent 387 questionnaires to candidates running for open seats in the Michigan House of Representatives for the 2008 election year regarding their stance on taxes. The incumbents were not surveyed since their voting records speak for themselves. We will grade all in the incumbents running for re-election prior to the November general election. The responses of the candidates running for open seats who responded are listed below.
Michigan Taxpayers Alliance 2008 Candidate Questionnaire

1. Last year, Governor Granholm and the state legislature increased the state income tax by 12% and increased the state’s main business tax by 22%. These tax increases allowed the state to increase state spending to a record $43.3 billion.

Governor Granholm and lawmakers supporting these tax hikes said that the tax increases were needed to protect critical programs and invest in future growth. A few lawmakers opposed the tax hikes in principle, but voted for them to avoid a budget impasse and a state government shutdown.

If you had to vote today, and the choice were to increase state taxes or watch state government experience a temporary shutdown, how would you vote?

a. Shut down government         b. Raise taxes

2. State of Michigan employees are the sixth highest paid in the country. Would you support freezing or cutting state government employee salaries or benefits to balance the budget?

a. Yes        b. No

3. Michigan’s state income tax is a flat 4.35%. Some advocate for a graduated income tax, where higher income citizens pay a higher percent of their income to the state. Do you support a “flat” income tax, where everyone pays the same percent, or a graduated income tax?

a. Flat tax    b. Graduated tax

4. Under 1993’s Proposal A property tax reform, homeowners’ annual property tax increases are capped at the rate of inflation or 5% (whichever is less) as long as homeowners stay living in their same home. One increasingly common complaint about Proposal A is that the capped property tax increase can occur even if a home declines in value. Would you support amending Proposal A to prohibit a homeowners’ taxes from increasing if their home has lost value, even if such an amendment would result in less government revenue?

a. Support such amendment b. Oppose such amendment

5. Repairs and improvements to Michigan’s roads are funded primarily though a tax on gasoline. Some believe that the deteriorating condition of the roads justifies increasing the state’s 36 cents per gallon gas tax, which they argue is a ‘user fee’ for motorists. Other people believe that the state’s 6% sales tax on gasoline, which currently funds education and other state spending, should be dedicated exclusively to road improvements. Do you believe Michigan should increase fuel taxes to fund road improvements/repairs?

a. Increase fuel tax for road improvements b. Oppose fuel tax increase

6. Some candidates have been very outspoken and firm in their opposition to increasing state taxes. They have make public, written promises in the form of a pledge against raising taxes. The best known pledge against tax increases is distributed by a national taxpayer organization called Americans for Tax Reform. That pledge allows for revenue-neutral tax shifts and increases in legitimate user fees. Detailed information about the ATR pledge can be found at www.atr.org. Would you be willing to sign a pledge to the voters of the district that you seek to represent that you will not vote to raise taxes if you are elected?

a. Would sign tax pledge b. Would not sign pledge
7. Additional comments regarding taxes, spending or your candidacy:

Candidate Responses

Candidate responses are organized by house district number. If you're not sure which district you live in, you can do a search on the House of Representative's website here or refer to the district map below.

House District 1
House District 23
House District 45 House District 67 House District 89
House District 2
House District 24
House District 46 House District 68 House District 90
House District 3 House District 25
House District 47 House District 69 House District 91
House District 4 House District 26 House District 48 House District 70 House District 92
House District 5 House District 27
House District 49 House District 71 House District 93
House District 6 House District 28 House District 50 House District 72 House District 94
House District 7 House District 29 House District 51 House District 73 House District 95
House District 8 House District 30 House District 52 House District 74 House District 96
House District 9 House District 31
House District 53 House District 75 House District 97
House District 10 House District 32 House District 54 House District 76 House District 98
House District 11 House District 33 House District 55 House District 77 House District 99
House District 12 House District 34
House District 56 House District 78 House District 100
House District 13 House District 35
House District 57 House District 79 House District 101
House District 14 House District 36
House District 58
House District 80 House District 102
House District 15 House District 37
House District 59
House District 81 House District 103
House District 16 House District 38
House District 60 House District 82 House District 104
House District 17 House District 39
House District 61 House District 83 House District 105
House District 18 House District 40 House District 62 House District 84 House District 106
House District 19
House District 41 House District 63 House District 85 House District 107
House District 20
House District 42
House District 64 House District 86 House District 108
House District 21 House District 43
House District 65 House District 87 House District 109
House District 22 House District 44 House District 66 House District 88 House District 110