News From Rep. Townsend

Thursday, April 16, 2015

LANSING – State Representatives Andy Schor (D-Lansing), Jim Townsend (D-Royal Oak) and Bill LaVoy (D-Monroe) introduced a bill package today that would bring stability and transparency to the budget-busting MEGA business tax credits. This comes as the Senate Fiscal Agency released a report citing that the state paid $52 million in net tax refunds to businesses in March due to the MEGA tax credits. 

The MEGA program has come under fire after causing an unforeseen...

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

I will be holding a Tax Equality Town Hall on Wednesday, March 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Plumbers Local 98: 555 Horace Brown Drive in Madison Heights. I invite you to join me to learn more about my plan to create Tax Equality and restore Michigan's Middle Class.

We will have certified accountants on hand to answer questions and provide residents with free tax filing information. We will...

Friday, February 27, 2015

Last week, Gov. Rick Snyder released his executive budget recommendation. Some people have incorrectly suggested that Gov. Snyder's budget includes an increase in funding for schools.  

It is true that Gov. Snyder's proposal would increase per-pupil foundation grants by $75 per student. However, this does not reflect total K-12 funding and many schools would receive a decrease in total funding under Gov. Snyder's proposed budget. As always, the devil is in the details, and...

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

We hear a lot about “metrics” these days, but you won’t find these on Gov. Snyder’s dashboard – Michigan ranks 29th in personal tax equality and 48th in the percentage of tax revenue contributed by businesses, according to the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy and the House Fiscal Agency.

Why is it that an impoverished family living in Flint making $10,000 a year and a working-class family in Howell making $50,000 contribute 9.2 percent...

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

LANSING – With the state facing a deficit and the governor contemplating program cuts, the Michigan House Democrats are demanding a budget that requires big corporations to come back to the table and pay their fair share, instead of yet another budget that forces Michigan families and students to make sacrifices.

“Gov. Rick Snyder and legislative Republicans have made giving handouts to big corporations their priority for the past four years, and now we have...