Another Budget Vote Derailed

By: Beth Shayne
By: Beth Shayne

A vote to raise the income tax from 3.9 percent to 4.6 percent closed in a late-night Thursday session with a no decision, and more votes expected into the morning.

14 lawmakers hadn't voted when, by law, the Michigan House had to close the Thursday session and open a new one at midnight Friday. Two local democrats--Rep. Mike Simpson (D-Liberty Township) and Rep. Martin Griffin (D-Jackson) --had voted against the hike. Rep. Barb Byrum (D-Onondaga) had not voted.

The measure was tied to reforms that included considering school consolidation, and trimming legislators salaries by 5 percent.

The session continued with another attempt well into the morning.


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  • by belinda cline Location: woodhaven, Mi on Oct 2, 2007 at 06:51 AM
    I can't believe we are facing this again. My young married children can't make it now. There all working two jobs and have children and here we are with more tax increase. I want to get rid of who ever is in office now. I always vote. My daughter cannot even afford to let her son buy hot lunch, she now will not be able to afford lunch at all. Get rid of the bonus and overhead that not needed. I have friends & family in Tenn. & W.VA. and there taxes are not even close to ours. I hope everyone moves out of the state of MI. I'am for getting rid of everyone in office now...
  • by Faye Location: Lansing on Sep 24, 2007 at 04:05 AM
    Why should I vote for these people to have a job when they cant vote IN TIME for me to have my job? The answer is simple. I wont. And I do exercise my right to vote!
  • by Lynn Location: Lansing on Sep 24, 2007 at 03:51 AM
    As an employee of the state who is looking at not being able to make my house payment if there is a state shut down, I will not be voting for anyone that is currently in office this time around. Get over the political arguing and increase taxes. Its NOT that much. Democrat or Republican... We need to make ends meet.The people deciding whether or not I can do that, dont have the money worries I do. All extra taxes means for them is that they may not be able to make that extra Starbucks stop. A state shut down means hundreds of us will be behind in our house payments or other bills. I would be fired if I didnt do my job and lawmakers are NOT doing their job. I will not help keep these ridiculous people in office.
  • by george Location: holt on Sep 22, 2007 at 06:41 AM
    TO SOON WE GROW OLD,TO LATE WE GROW WISE.many older folks who have lived in mich.has seen it going bad for a long time and know who was at fault. thoes lucky enough to have good paying jobs have over looked many things and needs others may have.jenny can't do much or anyone else over what others did.the wrong things were cut or changed.the dem and rep both have so many problems in front of them it is over whelming.no one wants to be blamed for making more mistakes. they don't want to be compaired to engler or anyone that has cut the wrong things or changed things in the wrong way.we may feel jen isn't doing a good job. she stepped into a very big mess.I'm not sticking up for her or any of them.none of them are perfect,there just not god are they.as I don't see any perfect gov anywhere.they are just plain failing all over the world.we just can't see the whole story inless were in there shoes.theres been good and bad comments on the web.the rich want to stay rich,the poor want help.so--
  • by Brian Location: Leslie on Sep 22, 2007 at 05:39 AM
    To our overcompensated representitives in Lansing; Cut the programs. Cut the police, they're never there when & where needed anyway. Too busy writing speeding tickets for 5 over & driving peoples insurance rates up for the next 3 years. What, no crime to solve? Cut the over-the-top lifetime medical benefits that teachers receive after only 5 years of employment. While you're at it, without any grandfather clauses, cut your own as well! Put your pay increases to the vote of the people who have to pay for them. Hire some state workers with some work ethic & fire the coasting free-loaders that are lacking it. When this is all done THEN we'll talk about new taxes. And you looser representitives who are playing politics and not voting, thats not what you're being paid to do. Vote or resign! You democrates like to tax. Tax yourselves your days pay each time you miss a vote. Tax businesses who allow their patrons & employees to be poisened by second hand smoke which in turn costs us all.
  • by Dick Location: Eaton Rapids on Sep 21, 2007 at 08:19 PM
    The people of the state of Michigan are not getting a fair shake by the Legislature. The members of the Legislature were elected to make the decisions necessary to make the government operate smoothly and efficiently. Those members of the House of Representatives, (Democrates) that have not voted on the various measures that have been presented over the past week are not doing the job that they were elected to do. They should all be sent packing, (Recalled). If they don't have the guts to vote their convictions, whatever they might be, they are not deserving of the positions they hold.
  • by JB Location: Jackson on Sep 21, 2007 at 04:11 PM
    Layoffs would be good and start with that stupid governor we do not need her she is making all this money and all she has done so far is loose michigan more jobs instead of her so called bring more to michigan that she keeps saying she is doing. The jobs are leaving faster than any are coming in. We need a whole new michigan goverment get rid of all of them.
  • by Pam Location: Jackson on Sep 21, 2007 at 12:18 PM
    Has anyone noticed that the shortfall has increased by 100 million in the last few days.
  • by David Location: MI on Sep 21, 2007 at 11:01 AM
    This vote is pointless. The democrats know its not going to pass but yet they keep putting it up for a vote. Why not come up with something different to vote on since obviously this will not make passage?
  • by Pam Location: Jackson on Sep 21, 2007 at 08:20 AM
    A state shutdown would be good. It would show what programs are essential and what is not needed. Is the governors office ready for the first round of layoffs for the state.
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