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At this month's meeting, a resolution was unanimously passed in opposition to any tax increase for road funding.
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In response to statements made by State Rep. Brandon Dillon (D-Grand Rapids) denouncing Donald Trump's upcoming visit to Birch Run, Genesee County Republican Party Chair Michael Moon retorted that "the Detroit Lions have a better shot winning five Super Bowls in a row before I consider rescinding an invitation. We can't silent others' opinions and shut them down because we don't agree with them."
Full article: Detroit Lions Super Bowl streak more likely than canceling Trump, GOP says
As Rep. Dan Kildee continues to call for the renewal of the Export-Import Bank, threatening that Michigan jobs are at risk, Rep. Justin Amash (3rd District) provides a strong rebuttal as to why this archaic institution is nothing but "cronyism at its worst."
Full article: Keep Export-Import Bank in its corporate-welfare grave - MLive.com
Resolution of Opposition to the May 5th, 2015 Ballot Proposal for Infractions Against Republican Party Platform
Resolved by the 5TH Congressional District Republican Executive Committee of Michigan
We oppose the ballot proposal to be decided by voters on May 5, "Proposal 1" for the
It's wrong for lawmakers to punt to voters a 46 thousand-word legislative package, because
lawmakers couldn't agree on a solution to fund roads. Road funding should be a normal,
ordinary, completely standard aspect of budget negotiations.
Voters are being asked to enact this massive legislative package that implements 11 legislative
acts that include many policies that have nothing to do with roads, policies rushed through the
legislature some of which are not even mentioned in the language that appears on the ballot, such
as affirmative action requirements in transportation contracting.
The proposal massively raises taxes on Michigan citizens by raising the Michigan sales tax to
7%, which would make it the 2nd highest state sales tax in the nation. It also replaces retail sales
taxes with a higher wholesale tax that is estimated to increase the price of gas by 10 cents per
These laws include tax credits for low-income wage earners, affirmative action rules in certain
state transportation contracting, funding for reading programs, $102 million in new federal
income tax liabilities for vehicle registration by changing annual registration fees so they no
longer depreciate with the value of your vehicle and also makes them no longer federally tax-
Half of the new tax money isn't even for roads. The proposal's backers insist Michigan's roads
need to be fixed, but only half of the new tax money would be spent on roads. The rest goes to
various special interests that benefit from the new tax money.
We can fix our roads and fund our schools without raising taxes. The state House passed a
plan last December that would have increased public school funding $2.5 billion over the next
eight years and added about $1 billion in road funding each year – with no net tax increase. We
concur with then-Speaker Jase Bolger when he opined in the Detroit Free Press last
year: "Fixing roads without raising taxes makes sense"
Above all, we object to the usage of political hostage-taking, threatening that our roads might not
be fixed unless the voters approve massive tax increases. Road funding should be an ordinary
part of budget discussions by the legislature, and it is the legislature's job to pass budgets that
address Michigan's most pressing needs without waiting for or relying on a ballot proposal which
will cost the taxpayers even more.
We note that the legislature can act at any time, even right now, to address road conditions in the
event Proposal 1 should be defeated.
The proponents of Proposal 1 have stated for the record that it is their intention to cast our road
conditions as a threat to public safety and a threat to innocent lives. They are presently airing
advocacy commercials depicting families and children threatened by the roads that the our
representatives in Lansing have allowed to deteriorate to the present conditions.
The message being delivered to voters by Proposal 1's proponents is that children may die unless
the tax increases are approved. By their silence, and by offering no alternative, individual
members of the state legislature endorse this message. We find this sort of political hostage-
taking grossly immoral.
Therefore, be it resolved:
1. We oppose Proposal 1 in its present form, both its policy and its politics, for the
numerous reasons cited above.
2. We call upon the legislature to act immediately to pass a plan to fix Michigan's roads in
the event Proposal 1 is defeated on May 5, and remove Michigan roads from "hostage
negotiations" for massive tax increases.
Be it further resolved; that a copy of this resolution be distributed to Governor Snyder, Michigan
House Speaker Kevin Cotter, Michigan Senate Majority leader Arlan Meekhof, and Michigan
Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel.
5TH Congressional District Republican Committee Chair
Passed with consent of the members of the 5TH Congressional District Republican Committee