Washtenaw: State Taxes

Grand Rapids Press columnist Jeff Cranson writes about the recent proposal by state Rep. Alma Wheeler Smith, a Washtenaw County Democrat, to raise $6.5 billion in taxes. He discusses the proposal as it relates to her bid for the Democratic nomination for governor in 2010: “In gubernatorial polls, Wheeler Smith barely registers, far over-shadowed by Lt. Gov. John Cherry, who is seeking to be the Democratic nominee for governor, though he is yet to formally announce. But her tax proposal made headlines, which may not catapult her in the polls but it reveals her a candidate with serious and thoughtful policy initiatives. Argue all you want about what will work, but the changes the state desperately needs will begin with bold ideas.” [Source]