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

Michigan Politicians Propose Robbing Peter to Pay Paul

Jan 7, 2019

Michigan is notorious for the poor condition of its schools and its roads. And so, what did the Michigan legislators decide to do during their lame-duck session before the Christmas holidays? The State Senate approved a plan to shift revenue FROM schools TO roads. It decided that the new online sales tax revenue would go for road repairs instead of K-12 schools. Talk about robbing Peter to pay Paul!

As one school superintendent said: “Every superintendent in Michigan has been forced to work within the ‘do more with less’ model of school administration over the last many years, but I certainly doubt any of us expected to be told we now have to pay to fix Michigan’s roads at the expense of our classrooms as well.”

And while it’s true that Michigan roads are in dire need of repair, Michigan residents have been taxed, and taxed again, supposedly to fix Michigan’s roads, that haven’t gotten fixed.

The only solution the politicians have is to impose more taxes, or to juggle limited tax funds between services while they continue to give away public tax dollars to the corporations!

When the working class is organized, it can “claw back” the tax money given away to the capitalist class hidden in wealthy bank accounts and Wall Street, and use it to pay for both the public services like the roads and the schools all our children need.