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Action Alert: League Members Asked to Contact Representatives on Personal Property Tax Issue

Update: December 7, 2012:

Last night the House passed part of the personal property tax package, House Bills 6022, 6024-6026. These bills reflect the PPT reimbursement mechanism identified by the Lt. Governor.

The bills were stripped down to their introduced versions and passed in order to satisfy the constitutional five day rule for legislation. For example all House bills that had not yet passed the House had to pass yesterday in order for the Senate to take them up next week, a least five days after their passage. Next week is intended to be the last week of session.

The House did not pass Senate Bills 1065-1072, the bills that passed the Senate earlier this year. Those bills are the actual PPT repealer bills.

The League is still in active negotiations on PPT; however, until there is any progress we are continuing to push for FULL AND GUARANTEED REPLACEMENT. That does not exist in any of the bills currently before us.

PLEASE KEEP UP THE PRESSURE ON YOUR LEGISLATORS! Without full, guaranteed replacement the House should NOT pass SBs 1065-1072 next week. Click here for contact information for Republican legislators.


December 5, 2012

PPT moves forward, call your Republican Reps today

Ignoring pleas from the Michigan Municipal League and other organizations to slow down, the House Tax Policy Committee today pressed forward during this lame duck session to repeal the personal property tax. And now the League needs your help as the bills move to the full House.

Despite hearing numerous unanswered questions and concerns, the Tax Policy Committee voted along party lines (with Republicans supporting) to move the bills to the full House floor. The House could vote on the package as soon as today, but tomorrow is most likely.

These bills do not provide the revenue replacement guarantees the League has requested and could be yet another financial blow to Michigan communities already strapped with declining property tax revenue and loss of revenue sharing dollars.

The League needs our members to contact their Republican representatives today and tell them they need to vote against this package of bills because they will hurt the local communities they were elected to represent. Below are some talking points you can follow and a list of the Republican members of the House and their contact information. PLEASE contact them TODAY. It’s essential they hear us!

Thank you,

Samantha Harkins, director of state affairs, Michigan Municipal League

Click here for Republican members of the House and contact information.

Talking points:
- We are not opposed to the repeal of The PPT. We are opposed to rushing through this process when there are numerous questions that have not been addressed.

- Guaranteed replacement revenue is an absolute requirement. The cut or elimination of the PPT must not take effect if the ballot proposal to dedicate the use tax to replacement revenues is not approved by Michigan voters. The two must be tie-barred. If the use tax question is not approved by Michigan voters, the cut to PPT must not take effect.

- What is the impact of the extremely complicated formulas for calculating the Essential Services Assessment (ESA) and the reallocation of the use tax? Without an opportunity to fully vet the formulas against community data, we can't be sure of their impact on our communities.

- Is there an opportunity for a local referendum to block the ESA?

- Why create a new level of government with its added cost and bureaucracy that appears to have broad power with little to no state oversight? This authority could create new conditions on funding that is vital for local operations.

- This 80% reimbursement is not acceptable; we need to get closer to 100% replacement funding.

- There were last minute amendments to the package of bills approved and it is not clear what those amendments do. One has to do with the ESA first being applied to retiree debt. We don’t know the impact of the amendments added in committee today.

- The ESA should be allowed for all public safety, not just police, fire, and ambulance. It must include all public safety functions, including 9-1-1 authorities, special public safety millages, public health, etc. These are not viewed or typically funded separately at the local level.

- Cutting our revenue by varying amounts across the state without providing relief from our obligations will force locals to make up the revenue elsewhere.

- This combined with ESA shifts the taxing burden from the state to the locally elected body. Assessing a new tax or increasing an existing tax is as unpopular locally as it is on the state level.

- How will Treasury determine “total restricted qualified loss”?

- Will the ESA pass scrutiny under legal review?

Republican Representatives:

District

Name

Phone

Email

019

John J. Walsh

(517) 373-3920

JohnWalsh@house.mi.gov

020

Kurt Heise

(517) 373-3816

KurtHeise@house.mi.gov

023

Pat Somerville

(517) 373-0855

PatSomerville@house.mi.gov

024

Anthony G. Forlini

(517) 373-0113

AnthonyForlini@house.mi.gov

030

Jeff Farrington

(517) 373-7768

JeffFarrington@house.mi.gov

032

Andrea LaFontaine

(517) 373-8931

AndreaLaFontaine@house.mi.gov

033

Ken Goike

(517) 373-0820

KenGoike@house.mi.gov

036

Peter J. Lund

(517) 373-0843

PeteLund@house.mi.gov

038

Hugh D. Crawford

(517) 373-0827

HughCrawford@house.mi.gov

040

Charles Moss

(517) 373-8670

ChuckMoss@house.mi.gov

041

Martin Knollenberg

(517) 373-1783

MartyKnollenberg@house.mi.gov

043

Gail Haines

(517) 373-0615

GailHaines@house.mi.gov

044

Eileen Kowall

(517) 373-2616

EileenKowall@house.mi.gov

045

Tom McMillin

(517) 373-1773

TomMcMillin@house.mi.gov

046

Bradford C. Jacobsen

(517) 373-1798

BradJacobsen@house.mi.gov

047

Cynthia S. Denby

(517) 373-8835

CindyDenby@house.mi.gov

051

Joseph Graves

(517) 373-1780

JosephGraves@house.mi.gov

052

Mark Ouimet

(517) 373-0828

MarkOuimet@house.mi.gov

055

Rick Olson

(517) 373-1792

RickOlson@house.mi.gov

056

Dale W. Zorn

(517) 373-2617

DaleWZorn@house.mi.gov

057

Nancy E. Jenkins

(517) 373-1706

NancyJenkins@house.mi.gov

058

Kenneth Kurtz

(517) 373-1794

KennethKurtz@house.mi.gov

059

Matthew J. Lori

(517) 373-0832

MattLori@house.mi.gov

061

Margaret E. O'Brien

(517) 373-1774

MargaretOBrien@house.mi.gov

063

Jase Bolger

(517) 373-1787

JaseBolger@house.mi.gov

064

Earl Poleski

(517) 373-1795

EarlPoleski@house.mi.gov

065

Michael Shirkey

(517) 373-1775

MikeShirkey@house.mi.gov

066

William Rogers

(517) 373-1784

BillRogers@house.mi.gov

070

Rick Outman

(517) 373-0834

RickOutman@house.mi.gov

071

Deb Lynn Shaughnessy

(517) 373-0853

DebShaughnessy@house.mi.gov

072

Ken Yonker

(517) 373-0840

KenYonker@house.mi.gov

073

Peter MacGregor

(517) 373-0218

PeterMacGregor@house.mi.gov

074

David Agema

(517) 373-8900

daveagema@house.mi.gov

076

Roy Schmidt

(517) 373-0822

RoySchmidt@house.mi.gov

077

Thomas B. Hooker

(517) 373-2277

ThomasHooker@house.mi.gov

078

Sharon Tyler

(517) 373-1796

SharonTyler@house.mi.gov

079

Al Pscholka

(517) 373-1403

AlPscholka@house.mi.gov

080

Aric Nesbitt

(517) 373-0839

AricNesbitt@house.mi.gov

081

Judson S. Gilbert II

(517) 373-1790

JudGilbert@house.mi.gov

082

Kevin Daley

(517) 373-1800

KevinDaley@house.mi.gov

083

Paul Muxlow

(517) 373-0835

PaulMuxlow@house.mi.gov

084

Kurt Damrow

(517) 373-0476

KurtDamrow@house.mi.gov

085

Ben Glardon

(517) 373-0841

BenGlardon@house.mi.gov

086

Lisa Posthumus Lyons

(517) 373-0846

LisaLyons@house.mi.gov

087

Mike Callton

(517) 373-0842

MikeCallton@house.mi.gov

088

Robert J. Genetski II

(517) 373-0836

BobGenetski@house.mi.gov

089

Amanda Price

(517) 373-0838

AmandaPrice@house.mi.gov

090

Joseph Haveman

(517) 373-0830

JosephHaveman@house.mi.gov

091

Holly Hughes

(517) 373-3436

HollyHughes@house.mi.gov

093

Paul E. Opsommer

(517) 373-1778

paulopsommer@house.mi.gov

094

Kenneth B. Horn

(517) 373-0837

kennethhorn@house.mi.gov

097

Joel Johnson

(517) 373-8962

JoelJohnson@house.mi.gov

098

Jim Stamas

(517) 373-1791

JimStamas@house.mi.gov

099

Kevin Cotter

(517) 373-1789

KevinCotter@house.mi.gov

100

Jon Bumstead

(517) 373-7317

JonBumstead@house.mi.gov

101

Ray A. Franz

(517) 373-0825

RayFranz@house.mi.gov

102

Phil Potvin

(517) 373-1747

PhilPotvin@house.mi.gov

103

Bruce R. Rendon

(517) 373-3817

BruceRendon@house.mi.gov

104

Wayne A. Schmidt

(517) 373-1766

WayneSchmidt@house.mi.gov

105

Greg MacMaster

(517) 373-0829

GregMacMaster@house.mi.gov

106

Peter Pettalia

(517) 373-0833

PeterPettalia@house.mi.gov

107

Frank Foster

(517) 373-2629

FrankFoster@house.mi.gov

108

Ed McBroom

(517) 373-0156

EdMcBroom@house.mi.gov

110

Matt Huuki

(517) 373-0850

MattHuuki@house.mi.gov

 

 

 

 

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