The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

More Taxes, Worse Roads

May 8, 2017

Like the rest of the U.S., Michigan has roads and bridges that are falling apart. State politicians promised relief with a 2015 tax increase they deceptively called “a roads plan.” Their “plan” DID increase gasoline taxes and vehicle registration fees on ordinary people, beginning in 2017. But more money for roads? No!

The Michigan House and Senate passed new budgets keeping the same level of funding for roads as last year! The same level of funding means more crumbling!

But if you follow the money, legislators just created new “Brownfield Tax Cuts” that will hand up to 40 million a year to wealthy real estate developers.

It’s the same trick politicians played with the Michigan Lottery. New money came in when the lottery was created, but school funding never increased, like voters were led to believe.

Politicians cynically use workers’ desire for better roads and schools as a bait and switch–taking more money from our pockets but never providing the better roads and schools we need!