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Michigan Taxpayers Alliance Updates: Your congressman's "RePork card" is here...

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Your congressman's "RePork card" is here...

Dear Taxpayer,

The federal government took your family's money and spent $150,000 for the restoration of Tarrytown Music Hall in Tarrytown, New York. Did your congressperson vote for this waste of your money?

The Club For Growth has issued a "RePork Card" that ranks every congressman on how they voted on 68 key amendments that would have eliminated millions of dollars of wasteful spending from the 2009 federal budget.

Some of the targeted pork barrel legislation this year includes:

• $325,000 for the Institute for Seafood Studies in Thibodaux, Louisiana.
• $250,000 for the Monroe County Farmer's Market in Tompkinsville, Kentucky.
• $100,000 for the Myrtle Beach Conference Center in South Carolina.
• $90,000 for the Commercial Kitchen Business Incubator project in Watsonville, California.
• $1 million for potato research in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.

What was your congressman's grade?

Congratulations to Congressman Pete Hoekstra (R-Holland) for earning the only 'A' grade of all 15 Michigan congress members.

Thaddeous McCotter (R-Livonia) earned a 'B+' and Vern Ehlers (R-Grand Rapids) received a 'B-'. The only other sorta passing-ish grade went to Mike Rogers (R-Howell) who received a D+.

Every other Michigan congressperson received an 'F' grade for not supporting amendments to cut the majority of the pork. Check out the entire report card here.

Another pay cut for you (unless you are a government employee)

Governor Granholm has spent the past week working the media circuit trying to sell her $550 million tax increase to the public. Granholm's proposed extension of the state sales tax to services such as hair cuts, oil changes, and carpet cleaning is equal to yet another pay cut for most every Michigan family.

But Granholm's proposed budget does include a bright spot - if you work for the state government. Unionized state employees are scheduled to receive a 3% pay increase again this year.

How does your income look this year?

Leon Drolet
MI Taxpayers Alliance