News From Rep. Townsend

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

My Democratic colleagues and I have been urging Republican leaders to work with us to find a bipartisan solution to fix our roads and bridges since I took office in 2010.

While past Republican leadership has been willing to meet with us to find a solution, the current Republican leadership has not. Instead of working to find a bipartisan solution, House Republicans adjourned last Wednesday and left for a second summer vacation.

The most difficult...

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...