The Spark

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

It's not a tax increase
– you'll just pay more every year

Sep 13, 2004

After giving away several billion dollars in tax breaks to corporations, Michigan's governor Jennifer Granholm, a Democrat, discovered a billion-dollar state budget deficit. To cover part of this deficit, she and the state legislators have done a deal to raise county property taxes – even though they insist it's not a tax increase, it's just "timing."

The scheme is to make taxpayers pay their taxes early. County property taxes will be due on earlier dates, so that over the next three years, taxpayers will pay 16 months' worth of taxes every year.

"It's not a tax increase, you'll just pay sooner." Even George W. Bush couldn't lie any better than that.