Governor Granholm is blaming the MI Taxpayers Alliance for blocking a tax increase on you, according to the League of Conservation Voters. The two paragraphs below are from their blog ( http://michiganlcv.org/blog/?p=36 ):
"On Monday, June 24 a group of conservation and environmental leaders met with Governor Granholm, who emphasized how dire the budget situation has become. The Governor pointed out, for example, that if the state decides to raise revenue through sales taxes, then affected businesses must have at least 60 days lead time. This means that if the legislature wants to make decisions that will truly impact the 2008 budget, votes need to be cast by the end of July!
Despite this tight timeline, the Legislature is preparing to TAKE VACATION FOR TWO WEEKS+ starting at the end of this week! AND, unbelievably, former state Representative Leon Drolet has successfully tied this legislature in knots by threatening to circulate recall petitions in targeted districts should individual legislators vote for a revenue enhancement! Maddening as it is, this essential economic policy decision has become a political tightrope walk as many legislators view their political futures as hinging on this vote. Outrageous? YES!"
Yeah, how outrageous for taxpayers to threaten to hold politicians accountable for kicking Michigan's struggling economy in the gut with a big tax increase. How obscene for there to be opposition to grabbing more of citizens' shrinking incomes to prop up state spending.
Why do I feel so much safer every time Lansing politicos are on vacation?
MI Taxpayers Alliance