News From Rep. Townsend

Friday, October 2, 2015

Last week, state Rep. Robert Wittenberg and I introduced legislation to require the House and Senate Fiscal Agencies to produce an analysis that shows how each bill or joint resolution that seeks to amend our tax code would impact the tax burden of Michigan families.

Below you will find sample graphs based on my legislation to replace our flat income tax with a graduated income tax. The analysis shows our current state and local tax...

Monday, September 28, 2015

SOUTHFIELD — Oakland County Democrats in the state House and Senate announced a defining package of bills today to strengthen Michigan’s middle class and reverse one of the largest tax shifts in Michigan history. Called the Blueprint for Michigan’s Families, the bills take aim at stagnant incomes and tax increases that make it difficult to achieve and sustain a middle-class quality of life while coping with the rising costs of living.

“Working families are being...

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...