It must be an election year.
How stupid do our elected officials in Lansing think we are?
It’s almost like clockwork. Election Day is over and our legislators hike taxes or pass something else very controversial with voters. You can almost hear them chuckling amongst each other and saying something like: “Hey, the voters will forgot about this by the next election.”
And in case voters don’t forgot, they will often pass some sweet-smelling legislation like a tax cut closer to the next Election Day to help them get re-elected.
They apparently learned this from their big brothers and sisters in our nation’s Capitol where most of them start working on being re-elected the day after Election Day. That’s why not much good ever gets done.
This D.C. way of operating has trickled down to our state capitols.
Michigan is expecting to have a budget surplus nearing $1 billion, due largely to increased taxes last year.
Gov. Rick Snyder in his recent State of the State message called for $65 million of the surplus to be spent on the Great Start preschool program. This might be a grand idea, but $65 million is a drop in a bucket when you are talking about almost a $1 billion surplus.
The big emphasis coming out of Lansing is some sort of major tax cut.
One wonders how sweet all this tax-cutting talk smells to our state’s schools, which have seen their funding chopped, or to motorists whose teeth have often chattered while driving over pothole-filled roadways throughout the state.
And then there’s the condition of a lot of our bridges. One only needs look to Minnesota to see what happens when bridges wear out.
We believe most Michigan residents would forego a tax cut if the surplus was spent wisely.
As expected, Snyder saved many budget-related specifics for his budget proposal, which is two weeks away.
Come on, legislators in Washington and Lansing, start working for the good of the nation and the state instead of just working to be re-elected.
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