How $100 makes your vote meaningless
By slipping in a BS $100 expenditure, MI state republicans have managed to foil any potential for the citizens of my fair state to be unable to repeal legislation that removes exemptions on taxing pensions and retirement income, while he has slashed business taxes, with a referendum!!!:
THE COST TO SHIELD SNYDER TAX PROPOSAL FROM VOTERS
House bill could block referendum
By CHRIS CHRISTOFF FREE PRESS LANSING BUREAU CHIEF
LANSING — One $100 bill could block voters from a chance to stop more than a billion dollars in higher taxes.
Whether you think it’s a dirty trick or a smart move, a House bill to implement Gov. Rick Snyder’s proposal to eliminate tax credits and exemptions contains a $100 appropriation — enough to make the plan immune from a voter referendum.
The plan has incensed some Michiganders. On Tuesday, AARP is holding a rally at the Capitol for senior citizens angry about Snyder’s plan to tax pensions and other retirement income while cutting business taxes.
In 2001, the state Supreme Court ruled that legislation with a state expenditure — even just $1 — can’t be repealed by voters.
On Thursday, minority House Democrats assailed the move to block a potential repeal vote.“I think there’s a natural, built-in constituency that would sign that petition” to repeal tax changes, said Rep. Vicki Barnett, D-Farmington Hills.
Lt. Gov. Brian Calley said the $100 appropriation in the 180-page bill is legitimate, and would be increased to cover the cost of implementing the new tax code.
In 2005, a new law allowing dove hunting in Michigan was suspended by a petition drive and repealed the following year when voters sided with the doves. That law did not include any spending.
Rep. Jud Gilbert, R-Algonac, chairman of the House Tax Policy Committee, said Democrats could air their objections at hearings on the tax bill.
A House bill would make Gov. Rick Snyder’s tax plan immune from a referendum.