News From Rep. Townsend

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

I have great news about my plan to create Tax Equality by enacting a graduated income tax that would cut taxes for 95% of Michiganders and raise up to $760 million in new revenue to invest in education, roads and communities.

66% of those polled statewide said they support it. Every region of the state expressed very strong support:

61% in West Michigan
82% in Northern Michigan
66% in Wayne County

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

LANSING — State Representative Jim Townsend (D-Royal Oak) introduced legislation today requiring universal background checks for all firearms purchased in Michigan. Under current law, background checks aren’t required for the private sale of long firearms, despite a 2013 poll showing 86 percent of Michiganders support universal background checks.

“We’ve passed numerous bills to loosen and update Michigan’s gun laws since 2011, but have failed to pass a single law that would help curb gun violence,”...

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

“Low- and middle-income families are overtaxed, fed up and want the wealthy and well-connected to pay their fair share. So what do House Republicans propose? A failed ‘plan’ to ‘fix the roads’ on the backs of the working poor. Worse yet, Speaker Cotter is calling it ‘tax fairness.’ There is absolutely nothing ‘fair’ about raising taxes on families who are working hard and still can’t get out of poverty.  

“Michiganders all across the political...

Friday, May 8, 2015

LANSING – A new poll of active Michigan voters found widespread support of a graduated state income tax. The findings indicate that voters would likely support the efforts of Rep. Jim Townsend (D-Royal Oak), who has introduced House Bill 4341 and House Joint Resolution K, which would replace Michigan’s flat tax with a graduated income tax.

“Everywhere I’ve gone, residents support our plan for tax equality, which would cut taxes for 95 percent of Michiganders...

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

“I understand the frustration expressed by many residents yesterday. The Proposal 1 vote is a clear repudiation from voters all across the political spectrum.

“Michiganders are rightfully frustrated that Gov. Rick Snyder and the Republican-controlled Legislature continue to disproportionately shoulder low and middle-income families with the responsibility of funding state and local government.

“We need to look to Minnesota as our example, not Indiana. To lead on this issue, I've been meeting with residents and...