THE BASICS: The Center for Michigan tax and budget guide arms any citizen with the basic information they need to understand how Michigan’s public purse works.
THE OVERVIEW: The full presenation from the day’s events, including vote totals from several audience polls on taxing and spending.
MSU ECONOMIST CHARLES BALLARD: Makes the case for expansion of the sales tax and a graduated income tax.
SMALL BUSINESS ASSOCIATION OF MICHIGAN’S ROB FOWLER: Argues the future of economic development is in small-employer entrepreneurialism and “economic gardening,” not “economic hunting” for the next mega factory.
MICHIGAN MUNICIPAL LEAGUE’S DAN GILMARTIN: Outlines how local governments suffer from a double whammy of revenue cuts and increased health care/benefits costs.
MICHIGAN LEAGUE FOR HUMAN SERVICES’ SHARON PARKS: Explains shifting priorities in Michigan’s general fund budget and shows how the wages of many Michigan breadwinners are below the poverty line.
MICHIGAN EDUCATION ASSOCIATION’S DOUG PRATT: Questions economic development incentives and states the case for education investment.
BUSINESS LEADERS FOR MICHIGAN’S DOUG ROTHWELL: Outlines a decade of job loss, questions current state spending priorities, and offers a detailed reform plan.
MICHIGAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE’S RICHARD STUDLEY: Compares MEGA tax breaks to private sector job trends and questions whether such incentives are working.