News From Rep. Townsend

Friday, 27 February 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, 17 February 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, 10 February 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...

Friday, 30 January 2015

LANSING — Rep. Jim Townsend (D-Royal Oak) distributed U.S. Census Data to his colleagues on the House Workforce and Talent Development Committee this morning in an effort to underline the pervasive issue of wage stagnation and its impact on working families and the state’s economy.

“The bottom line is that household incomes have been stagnant for the past three decades. The short-term gains we experienced in the 1980s and 1990s have been decimated by declining...

Thursday, 29 January 2015

LANSING — Bipartisan backed legislation introduced by State Rep. Jim Townsend (D-Royal Oak), House Bill 4124, would ensure surviving spouses are not subjected to a tax increase as a result of the loss of their loved one.

“I view this legislation as resolving an unintended consequence that can occur in the course of developing public policy,” said Townsend, who serves as the minority vice chairman of the House Tax Policy Committee. “It appears to be...