Taxes Not Just For Sinners Anymore

By: Lauren Zakalik Email
By: Lauren Zakalik Email

America's favorite pasttime could become one of Michigan's favorite revenue makers; baseball games are part of a laundry list of events and items the Governor wants to tax to help fill the budget hole.

Lugnuts General Manager Pat Day says the idea is anything but a homerun.

"We work hard to provide affordable family entertainment for everyone in the area; to put another crimp in the family budget is not something we're in favor of," Day says.

He says an $8 ticket to the park would jump nearly 50 cents. Two extra quarters-- for nine innings-- Day says is too much.

"They [families] are taxed on food items already," he says. "I don't think family-affordable entertainment needs to be taxed."

It's not just sports events.

Any live entertainment, like Lansing's Common Ground festival each summer, would see a 6 percent sales tax under the Governor's plan, bringing in a projected $87 million next year.

Also on the list: increasing the cigarette tax 25 cents and adding a penny tax to bottles of water.

East Lansing 7-11 owner Lisa Foss worries people will stop buying.

"Ask a student what a penny means. Ask anyone living paycheck to paycheck. Every penny counts," she says.

That's what the Governor is banking on, at least; those pennies on water would add up to nearly $18 million in revenue. The 25 cents on smokes would bring in $54 million a year.

Some experts concede there needs to be new revenue to save our state; but the "not-in-my-ballpark" stance will follow.

The Governor also wants to tax items in vending machines. Movies are not included in her plan.

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