Santa Delivers Coal to Lawmakers
The MTA recently participated in a Coal-ition of citizens that gave some Lansing politicians a well-deserved Christmas gift. The press coverage from the event is below. Enjoy!
Lansing State Journal: Santa delivers coal to lawmakers who raised taxes on Michigan residents
Anti-tax groups figure Gov. Jennifer Granholm and lawmakers who raised taxes deserve lumps of coal for Christmas - so they delivered a pickup full to the Capitol on Thursday.
The Coal-ition, as it called itself, included the Michigan Taxpayers Alliance, the Michigan Fair Tax Association and Americans for Prosperity, among others.
"The Legislature doesn't deserve a very Merry Christmas. It deserves these lumps of coal this year," said Leon Drolet, executive director of the Michigan Taxpayers Alliance. "Our objection is the way they handled the budget and tax situation."
They took a wheelbarrow of coal over to Granholm's office. The state encountered an hours-long partial government shutdown on Oct. 1 before Granholm and lawmakers agreed to raise the state income tax and apply the sales tax to some services.
The service tax fueled outraged by businesses and individuals, and the Legislature repealed it just as it was taking effect. The tax was replaced with a surcharge to the Michigan Business Tax.
A spokeswoman for Granholm said the tax groups were off base. Liz Boyd said the group should be applying the same treatment to Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop, R-Rochester. Bishop voted against the tax increases but permitted the votes to take place.
"If anyone deserves a lump of coal, it might be Leon Drolet. He's not telling the whole truth," Boyd said. "This was a bipartisan agreement with plenty of Republican support and plenty of support from the business community and that protected citizens from massive cuts."
Scott Brown, a Grass Lake resident, shoveled coal from the pickup parked on Capitol Avenue into a wheelbarrow. He said he took the day off work to come to Lansing.
He said 18 people at the engineering firm where he is employed are laid off.
"I'm not a Republican against a Democrat. I'm a citizen against people in our state government that refuses to restructure and wake up and start thinking outside the box like we are forced to every day in business," he said.