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Democrats Unveil Republican Tax-O-Meter in Royal Oak

State Rep. Jim Townsend (D-Royal) says corporate tax cuts are not working.

State Rep. Jim Townsend introduced the Republican Tax-O-Meter today.
State Rep. Jim Townsend introduced the Republican Tax-O-Meter today.
House Democrats unveiled a giant traveling Republican Tax-O-Meter at the Royal Oak Public Library Monday morning that they say is a virtual display of by-the-second tax shifts in Michigan.

"It's time to start fighting for fairness," said State Rep. Henry Yanez (D-Sterling Heights).

Yanez, was joined by Jim Townsend (D-Royal Oak), Vicki Barnett (D-Farmington Hills), Ellen Cogen Lipton (D-Huntington Woods), Adam Zemke (D-Ann Arbor), Jon Switalski (D-Warren) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit) in announcing www.GOPtax-o-meter.com.

"Every second the Tax-O-Meter ticks upwards and shows the destruction of tax fairness in Michigan," said Townsend, adding the tax burden to Michigan's middle-class families'  has increased by $4,320,822 a day. "It shows the unprecedented shift in taxation from corporations onto the middle class, seniors and the working poor." 

The group of state representatives pointed to reduced deductions for pension income, a reduced homestead property tax credit and the elimination of the $600 per child deduction as examples of changes made to fund tax breaks for corporations.

"The governor and the Republican-led legislature decided it was important for businesses to create jobs so they gave businesses an almost $2 billion tax break," said Barnett. "And how many jobs did they create? We have a higher unemployment rate today than we did when this tax break was passed." 

House Democrats say they plan to introduce bills to repeal the new tax on senior retirement income, restore the Homestead Property Tax and restore the child deduction, among other things.

Editor's note: The Tax-O-Meter is a traveling exhibit and is not permanently on display at the library.

Greg Pendergrast October 14, 2013 at 01:21 PM
Really, you are putting that piece of democratic propaganda in my public library? Enough....you need to remove it immediately.
Bob October 14, 2013 at 04:34 PM
Greg is absolutely right. This political BS has no business in the public library. I don't care who does this crap. Find another locale for your grandstanding.
Dan October 14, 2013 at 05:40 PM
Someone needs to be fired for allowing this to happen. Does this mean anyone other than Democrats don't belong in the Library? This is out of control! Shame on Townsend! You've lost my respect, votes and campaign contributions.
RAM October 14, 2013 at 08:48 PM
Pump your brakes guys. They paid to rent a room at the Library, were there briefly, then took everything with them when they left. Not a big deal. Some people will find a reason to complain about anything.
Greg Pendergrast October 14, 2013 at 08:57 PM
At no point did the article say the "meter" was temporary or that they rented a room at the library to display it in. At no point did the article state the people took the democratic props with them when they left. You think, given the story and the way it was written, that I and the others overreacted?
Judy Davids (Editor) October 15, 2013 at 08:49 AM
I have added the word "traveling" to the first sentence to hopefully end any confusion.
Ed Callahan October 21, 2013 at 12:42 PM
Is the man in denial? Does he remember Michigans downward sprial under Granholm? And let us not for get that under the democrats the national debt has double in the first five years of President(King) Obama's reign to $17 trillion dollars. I trust my 6 year old to make my financial decisions before I would trust this guy and his friends. Mr. Townsend, do you think if you say it often enough it will be true? If that is how it works then "My house is paid off. My house is paid off". Nope, didn't work.

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