News From Rep. Townsend

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Ever wonder what percent of your income you pay in state and local taxes? Our system for raising revenue at the state and local level is complicated – we have property taxes, the sales tax, “excise” taxes like the fuel tax and the income tax.

So what is your bottom line? When you add it all up, what percent of your income do you pay in state and local taxes?

Well, that depends on

Monday, July 13, 2015

“Gov. Rick Snyder did the sensible thing when he decided to end Aramark’s contract to operate food services in Michigan prisons. From the very start, Aramark’s track record in our state has been one disaster after another, ranging from allegations of trafficking drugs into our prisons, to sexual relations between Aramark employees and inmates to maggot-contaminated kitchens. It’s plainly obvious now that cutting corners to save money on prison services not only doesn’t work, but puts...

Thursday, July 9, 2015

LANSING — State Representative Robert Wittenberg (D-Oak Park) doubled-down on his support of Rep. Jim Townsend’s (D-Royal Oak) plan to bring tax equality to Michigan today.

Wittenberg, along with 35 other House Democrats, is a co-sponsor of Townsend’s House Bill 4341 and House Joint Resolution K, which would create a graduated income tax that cuts taxes for 95 percent of Michiganders.

Due to the current climate in Lansing, there is a growing movement to put...

Thursday, July 2, 2015

“The Senate Republican’s 'reverse-Robin-Hood' road plan would increase taxes on low- and middle-income families in a failed attempt to fix our roads, while giving those at the top another tax cut. The complete opposite of my plan to equalize the percent of income we all contribute in state and local taxes by establishing a graduated income tax that cuts taxes for 95% of Michiganders. My plan would also generate up to $760 million per year in new revenue to...

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

“It’s time for a real discussion about tax equality.  

“Yet again, House Republicans want to increase taxes on low- and middle-income families by $118 million a year, a stark contrast to my plan to cut taxes for 95 percent of Michiganders by $830 million a year. Low- and middle-income families are fed up after watching their wages decline by over 24 percent since 1999 and taxes on individuals increase by over $2 billion a...