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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Op/Ed - Changing Michigan's Right to Work Law, to a 'Right to Decide' Tax Revenue Revolt

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It's time to change our thinking in Michigan. In light of Governor Rick Snyder (R) signing, and a majority of the State's Republican controlled Legislature ramming though a Right to Work for Less law, we need to rethink how Michigan's Governmental operations are financed.

Follow us here for a bit. For decades and eons, residents of Michigan pay taxes to the State Department of Treasury, who in turn allocates a set amount of funding back to local, county governmental units and district school boards. But why are we involving a "middle Man or Woman," so to speak?

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Localized governmental units make direct decisions to build or improve our roads via County Road Commissions. Police and fire departments are localized units of government, in most cases. Township/Village Boards, City Councils and County Commissions make decisions on how to property steward dollars focused on projects of importance for the community-at-large.

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Functions the Michigan's Department of Human Resources handles currently, managing the Medicare,Food Stamps Programs or providing assistance to at-risk families could be handled on a County, instead of by Michigan State Government. One example includes Washtenaw (County) Health Plan otherwise known as "Plan A or B".
"Washtenaw Health Plan (WHP) is a health coverage program for low-income Washtenaw County residents who don't have access to affordable health insurance. WHP helps people get the health care services they need.  WHP members are enrolled in WHP Plan B orWHP Plan A.
Environmental protection services provided by Michigan's Department of Natural Resources would take a "hyper-local" role, with County and Local government units working together ensuring localized land, water, lakes and land stay pollution free.

So, why are we suggesting this solution today? 

Reviewing actions taken in the last two weeks by Governor Rick Snyder (R) and Republicans in the Legislature, too much power provided by Michigan Residents taxable revenue exist at the State Level. 
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So, why are we suggesting this solution today? 

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Reviewing actions taken in the last two weeks by Governor Rick Snyder (R) and Republicans in the Legislature, too much power provided by Michigan Residents taxable revenue exist at the State Level. 
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Rather than being "good stewards" of financial affairs by allowing Michigan citizens to voice agreement or descent on public interest affairs, Republican State Politicians have a firm belief individual political party causes, are more important than "The People's" will. 


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Up to and including denying "The People" entrance into buildings they own, ignoring actions "The People" voted for like repealing Public Act #4, crafting legalization seeking to privatize all statewide public schools, eliminating Women (and Men too) reproductive opinions and more.

This idea might seem a bit radical. Yet, considering how major pieces of legislation in Michigan in the prior two weeks have passed the State Legislature in a faster than the speed of sound matrix, State Residents should rightfully keep all opinions to cease and desist the Koch Brothers, A.L.E.C. and Mackinaw Center for Public Policy agenda in its' tracks.

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Escrow! Sounding a bit strange when the word when spoken, escrow is a process of holding financial resources from others who engage in questionable activity with said funds.
"A financial instrument held by a third party on behalf of the other two parties in a transaction. The funds are held by the escrow service until it receives the appropriate written or oral instructions or until obligations have been fulfilled. Securities, funds and other assets can be held in escrow," Source Investopedia
Michiganders would set up individual, joint or community based escrow accounts with funds allocated for State Taxes, including Property Taxes. The residents, instead of releasing the monetary finances held in escrow to the State, would approve releasing all or a substantial portion of those dollars directly to their County, Localized Governmental Unit and/or School District.

The third-party (i.e.- State Government) would have limited revenue to pay salary, benefits and other perks for Michigan's Legislative and Executive branch officials ignoring wills of "The People". Michigan's Open Meeting Act, regularity followed by most localized government units, would ensure State Residents true Democracy intended voice to express grievances or agreement on how local public finances are spent.

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Considering Michigan's Democracy Process is being stolen from right under our eyes, now might be time to take a "out of the box" approach to gain our voice back in Governmental manners that impact all citizens of this great state. This would be better than practicing a "freeloader" mentally, like expecting unionized work representation services yet this service, as written in Michigan's Right to Work for Less Legislation.

State Residents would have a true inherent "Right to Decide" where best to allocate taxable employment paycheck revenue.

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