Governor Snyder's Supporters Quiet But Confident

By: Liam Martin Email
By: Liam Martin Email

LANSING -- Outrage spilling from the Capitol grounds Wednesday and into the building itself -- protesters incensed over Governor Snyder's budget proposals.

But there is a far less vocal contingent, content to sit back and watch those reforms work their way through the state legislature.

"We do view this as a first step in building a strong foundation to turn Michigan around," said Dawn Crandall, politicaly director for the Michigan Association of Home Builders.

It's no secret the state's housing industry has been in shambles, and Crandall says the new governor's plan to eliminate the Michigan Business Tax and replace it with a flat 6 percent rate would do a world of good for them.

"We asked our members, 'If the corporate income tax was put into law, would it help save or protect jobs?' Crandall said. "And over 70 percent said that it would."

"We think that what [Snyder] has put forward is based on sound principles of fairness and everyone participating," added Tricia Kinley, a tax-policy lobbyist with the Michigan Chamber of Commerce.

The Chamber has endorsed Snyder's plan in its entirety, including proposals to tax pensions, eliminate the Earned Income Tax Credit and cut funding to education and local governments.

"It's time to rein in spending, which means everyone will have to tighten their belt," she said.

The thousands of protesters at the Capitol on Wednesday say the middle class is doing too much of that belt-tightening, while businesses face a $1.8 billion tax cut.

But the governor's supporters aren't too worried that their voices could be lost amid the choir of concern in downtown Lansing. After all, they've got the Republicans -- who control the state House, Senate and executive office -- on their side.


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