December 31, 2010

Getting the Record straight on @GovMikeHuckabee as Arkinsas Gov #tcot #sgp #gop #dems


Subject: Getting the Record straight
Date: Thu, 30 Dec 2010 23:54:32 -0500

There has been a great deal of distortion and disinformation about Mike Huckabee's record as governor of Arkansas from 1996-2007. It's important that conservatives know the truth about Huckabee's record, especially since he may run for president again in 2012. So let's take a look at his record. As governor, he:

* Cut the state capital gains tax rate by 25%.
* Abolished capital gains taxes on home sales.
* Abolished the state marriage penalty tax.
* Pushed a $90 million tax cut package through the Arkansas legislature in 1997.
* From 1995 to 2005, cut taxes 90 times, returning nearly $400 million to taxpayers ($378 to be exact).
* Indexed income tax brackets to inflation, thus protecting taxpayers from being pushed into higher tax brackets by inflation.
* Doubled the child-care tax credit.
* Increased the tax deduction for single individuals to $2,000.
* Increased the tax deduction for married couples to $4,000.
* Proposed cutting the executive branch from 50 departments to 10.
* Banned illegal aliens from getting drivers licenses.
* Reduced state welfare enrollment by nearly half.
* Helped pass an unborn child amendment to the state constitution.
* Helped pass a traditional marriage amendment to the state constitution.
* Pushed through a property owners' bill of rights that limited property tax hikes and protected homeowners from unfair tax assessments.
* Pushed through homeschooling-friendly legislation.
* Limited the increase in the overall rate of state spending to 4.9% (AFI)--not bad, considering that he was dealing with a Democratic legislature.
* Protected gun manufacturers from frivolous lawsuits.
* Removed restrictions on concealed handgun permit holders.
* Pushed through legislation that allowed the state to fire school boards and school superintendents in school districts that were chronically performing badly.
* When faced with a $227 million deficit for fiscal year 2002, refused to call for a tax increase and instead called for a massive cut in state spending.

"The central message is that the Republican Party has a great future, if we get back to being the party of principle, clarity and conviction. And we're going to do that." ~Mike Huckabee

December 13, 2010

Tax structure is most important debate coming~ Founders would support Fairtax over the Flattax

There is an most important debate coming and it has to do with tax structure. The flat tax will be hammered as the way to go, but it is window dressing to keep what we have now, not changing anything. We need Fairtax to get federal taxation out of domestic product manufacturing so we can compete with imports and get jobs back and liberty.
Read Federalist #21: (emphasis added)
...The wealth of nations depends upon an infinite variety of causes. Situation, soil, climate, the nature of the productions, the nature of the government, the genius of the citizens, the degree of information they possess, the state of commerce, of arts, of industry, these circumstances and many more, too complex, minute, or adventitious to admit of a particular specification, occasion differences hardly conceivable in the relative opulence and riches of different countries. The consequence clearly is that there can be no common measure of national wealth, and, of course, no general or stationary rule by which the ability of a state to pay taxes can be determined. The attempt, therefore, to regulate the contributions of the members of a confederacy by any such rule, cannot fail to be productive of glaring inequality and extreme oppression.
This inequality would of itself be sufficient in America to work the eventual destruction of the Union, if any mode of enforcing a compliance with its requisitions could be devised. The suffering States would not long consent to remain associated upon a principle which distributes the public burdens with so unequal a hand, and which was calculated to impoverish and oppress the citizens of some States, while those of others would scarcely be conscious of the small proportion of the weight they were required to sustain. This, however, is an evil inseparable from the principle of quotas and requisitions.
There is no method of steering clear of this inconvenience, but by authorizing the national government to raise its own revenues in its own way. Imposts, excises, and, in general, all duties upon articles of consumption, may be compared to a fluid, which will, in time, find its level with the means of paying them. The amount to be contributed by each citizen will in a degree be at his own option, and can be regulated by an attention to his resources. The rich may be extravagant, the poor can be frugal; and private oppression may always be avoided by a judicious selection of objects proper for such impositions. If inequalities should arise in some States from duties on particular objects, these will, in all probability, be counterbalanced by proportional inequalities in other States, from the duties on other objects. In the course of time and things, an equilibrium, as far as it is attainable in so complicated a subject, will be established everywhere. Or, if inequalities should still exist, they would neither be so great in their degree, so uniform in their operation, nor so odious in their appearance, as those which would necessarily spring from quotas, upon any scale that can possibly be devised.
It is a signal advantage of taxes on articles of consumption, that they contain in their own nature a security against excess. They prescribe their own limit; which cannot be exceeded without defeating the end proposed, that is, an extension of the revenue. When applied to this object, the saying is as just as it is witty, that, "in political arithmetic, two and two do not always make four." If duties are too high, they lessen the consumption; the collection is eluded; and the product to the treasury is not so great as when they are confined within proper and moderate bounds. This forms a complete barrier against any material oppression of the citizens by taxes of this class, and is itself a natural limitation of the power of imposing them....

December 12, 2010

FW: Business Pays No Taxes | iCaucus Meeting Follow-up - Rebuttal to FLAT Tax

The fact of the flat tax can be done now and not the fairtax is wrong. To protect against the Congress using both porducitona d consumption tax systems is a threat now, not just when the fairtax were implemented.
The fault of the flat tax is keeping the same produciton tax to which taxes are imbedded in domestic production making for unfair handicap with imports. We need fairtax now, not more of the same.
We need to make a bold move to save this nation and flattax is nto such, it is a cowardly way to go. Fairtax is providential in nature and will bring the USA Lback to proserity, along with Constitutional conduct by the Federal Government and insistence by the States by nulification if need be.

Date: Sat, 11 Dec 2010 23:23:24 -0800
Subject: Re: Business Pays No Taxes | iCaucus Meeting Follow-up - Rebuttal to FLAT Tax
Paul, right on with your observation that increasing moral decay makes our job more difficult.

With respect to business' tax costs actually being our costs - we pay in one, and/or several, of the following ways:
1) higher prices
2) employee layoffs (laid-off employees pay on account of it)
3) decreased dividends (shareholders pay on account of it)

But, only the unenlightened believe that business is in business to collect and pay taxes. And politicians delight in our ignorance. Enlightenment comes with communicating the above simple truths to those who are not yet aware.

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From: Paul Hales <>
To: Daar Fisher <>; Jeff Roys <>
Cc: Sent: Sat, December 11, 2010 12:42:53 PM
Subject: RE: iCaucus Meeting Follow-up - Rebuttal to FLAT Tax


How do we convince the electorate that business entities pay no taxes at all but only accumulate their total tax burden and pass it on to the ultimate consumer?

When Governor Granholm states her intention to increase taxes on businesses instead of taxing individuals she shows her total ignorance of the true nature of taxation.  


Logic would indicate the producers in society create all goods and services that are consumed by all members of the society including those who produce nothing.

A devious and thoroughly corrupt government will do all it can to conceal and disguise the total tax burden on its citizens.


Illegal aliens and many citizens involved in the practice of "Working Under The Table" only contribute to the tax base via the sales tax and energy type taxes.  They do not contribute via employment taxes, income taxes, workman's compensation taxes and the like.  They also do not usually purchase health insurance and are a further burden on the producers in society at the emergency rooms across the nation.


Removing taxation on production and shifting it to consumption is our only long term answer to avoiding the "Police State" type of government found in the USSR .


The problem with our methods of taxation is that as our nation falls further into the moral decline that has ended all the great nations before us, it will become significantly more difficult to make the changes necessary to save us.







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Subject: iCaucus Meeting Follow-up - Rebuttal to FLAT Tax


Jeff (et al),

It was a pleasure meeting you at the iCaucus meeting. Below is the Mastromarco rebuttal to Bartlett 's 1999 article criticizing the National Sales Tax (FairTax).




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I'm writing per your YouTube video's ( ) invitation.

Ben Stein has come around - END THE IRS. Huckabee has been there. Iowa 's Steve King, very eloquent and persuasive, and the list of pol's who understand the damage that the Income Tax has brought America continues to grow. However, as you know, pol's do NOT respond unless they see a constituency that becomes aware of, and agitates for, an issue.

Though I understand the temptation toward "incrementalism," all I've witnessed in my 56 years is a progression toward SOCIALISM. Well-intended though it be, it will not "turn the rudder of the ship 180 degrees." We must build a juggernaut that demands an end to the federal government's claim on INCOME. Thus, FAIRTAX agitation and benefits dissemination must happen now.  The rationale is well-conceived in Dan Mastromarco's rebuttal of Bruce Bartlett:

(Paraphrased) REPLY BY DAN R. MASTROMARCO (LL.M., Taxation, Georgetown , principal in the Argus Group, adjunct professor at the University of Maryland , International Management Program, and research consultant to Americans for Fair Taxation - TO:

"A National Sales Tax Doesn't Add Up" by  Bruce Bartlett, December 29, 1999

Many engaged in true tax reform find Bartlett-type attacks exasperating, if not embarrassing. I'd like to convey perspective of both flat taxers and sales taxers who believe that such attacks are counterproductive, but first provide some political history by which to frame said perspectives.

For years Conservatives have posited that a VAT is bad policy (when liberals were discussing it), fearing it would become additional to an income tax (it was called a "money machine").  Circa 1980, conservative intellectuals touted Hall-Rabushka "subtraction method" [H-R] VAT which taxed business value added at the business side and labor value added at the labor side.  Unlike European VATs (identical in scope), H-R became favorite of Dick Armey and Steve Forbes.  It eliminated steeply progressive tax rates and tax on savings.  Because of the prior VAT criticisms, H-R was packaged as the "flat tax" and is sold as an income tax to this day, rather than the VAT that "its DNA characterizes it as."

Some conservative commentators have called for the repeal of the 16th Amendment and for the adoption of the flat tax, (despite the fact that it is styled as a direct tax and could not be adopted with such repeal).  Mr. Bartlett has called the national sales tax [ie, the FairTax] a VAT (which it isn't), castigated VATs as evil, and has said that sales taxes have become VATs in Europe (which they didn't).  In the next breath, he "throws his arms around" the flat tax (which is a VAT). He quotes Bill Gale that the [FairTax] would have to be imposed at 60 percent, but glaringly fails to recognize that if the two bases are the same, he would have to impose that rate for the flat tax to be revenue neutral. In truth, all economists know that the two plans differ NOT in economic effect or base, but in administration.

An income tax taxes savings and investment multiple times.  Both flat tax and FairTax are neutral as to savings and investment, tax income only once, and are both consumption taxes.  Both are single rate taxes, have nearly the same base, and would improve the U.S. standard of living. Neither redistributes wealth.

While some have even suggested that they are the same plans under different names, the flat tax taxes value added at each stage in the production process, but the FairTax prefers to tax it when it is added up at the end and eliminate the need to make everyone a taxpayer and collector.

Substantive commonalities between the flat tax and FairTax doesn't mean that there are NO key political and policy distinctions that could be exploited in pitting one against the other.  If FairTax supporters wanted to retaliate in response to the Bartlett-type critique, they would have MUCH material with which to HONESTLY do so:

• The flat tax will make small firms and farmers pay the tax even if they have no profit
• The flat tax is opposed by many small business groups
• The flat taxers implicitly support big government by disguising even more of the overall tax burden as the current law
• The flat tax has been kicking around for nearly 20 years
• The flat tax makes everyone a taxpayer and collector, while the FairTax exempts 115 million filers [2000 figure] from ever having to deal with the IRS
• The flat tax is regressive, but the FairTax would enable everyone to keep his full paycheck.
• The flat tax has not only stalled, it has lost public and Congressional support.
• The FairTax is instantly understood, while even some proponents of the flat tax don't understand it
• There are no transition rules developed for the flat tax and they would be very difficult to craft
• The flat tax taxes exports and relieves imports from tax
• The flat tax confuses tax reform with temporary tax reduction and makes both twice as hard
• The flat tax retains the entire income tax apparatus which erodes as quickly as you can say, "tax bill"

FairTaxers could advance these truthful points without resorting to bigotry associated with a cultic religious organization. However, for the most part, FairTax supporters have chosen not to attack the flat tax, but rather accentuate the commonalities between the plans - despite the above-noted differences.  The reason is that, in the battle for tax reform, the real enemy is our current system.

Income tax advocates look down upon the articles of Bruce Bartlett with smug chortling, as Bruce is doing their work for them.  The IRS and the liberals who want an income tax to ensure (1) taxes can be raised without the American people knowing it, and (2) wealth can be redistributed from the middle class to the poor, do not even need to fight us - we're killing ourselves!

Perhaps Mr. Bartlett believes that the flat tax will help elect Republicans, effect tax reform, and provide tax cuts; however, the real effect of his criticism is to divide conservatives, to delay serious national consideration of tax reform, and to fertilize the roots of the income tax.

(Paraphrased from  - Addit'l at Whitepaper - May republish in whole, or part. -Ian)




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Flat Tax vs. National Sales Tax

This Center for Freedom and Prosperity Foundation brief video explains how the current tax system is deeply flawed and argues that either the flat tax or the national sales tax (sometimes known as the Fair Tax) would be a substantial improvement over the current internal revenue code. However, the v

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December 01, 2010

Who won the debate between Fairtax John Linder & flattax Steve Forbes

 Did you know that you paid the payroll tax and income tax on the raising and handling of that turkey to your dinner table? When an employer sells his product he has to pass on the expenses in the price. Another way to loook at it is you pay taxes by your wages taken from you. Then you go to the store to buy something and pay for those wage taxes again. Sad for us isn't it.

It is obvious you who speak ill of Fairtax know not what is happenning to you with our current tax system which is what the proposed flattax by the corporates want in order to keep their lobbyist scheme of bribing for tax waivers from congr...ess. think these facts: Why keep the flattax as it double taxes workers? You pay your payroll and income tax and the employer puts it in the price of usa made goods. You go buy that good and you again pay your taxes. If we want to get manufacturing back from overseas, we need equity in taxing of imports and domestic production.

Take a loaf of bread. How much of the price is hidden tax? Time for America to wake up to truth of our taxation.
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November 26, 2010

National Inflation Assoc. New Video Goes Viral, "The Day the Dollar Died"

NIA's New Video Goes Viral
On Wednesday, November 24th, the National Inflation Association released a shocking and stunning video entitled, 'The Day the Dollar Died', which shows the world exactly what could happen to the U.S. economy in the very near future during the first 12 hours of a U.S. dollar collapse. Although the video itself is fictional, NIA believes a U.S. dollar collapse is inevitable and there is a strong likelihood that the U.S. will experience an outbreak of hyperinflation this decade. 'The Day the Dollar Died' is a wake up call for Americans who aren't yet stocking up on gold, silver and food supplies. The U.S. dollar's day of reckoning is coming and only Americans who prepare now will survive.
In just 42 hours since its release, 'The Day the Dollar Died' has already been viewed over 145,000 times on YouTube. It is currently YouTube's #1 top favorited news and politics video. Approximately 1,200 people have commented about the video on YouTube alone, with thousands of more comments having been made about the video on hundreds of Internet blogs that have featured it. An amazing 93.5% of those who have watched 'The Day the Dollar Died' have given it a thumbs up.
All of the discussion about 'The Day the Dollar Died' comes hot on the heels of NIA's October 31st release of its latest critically acclaimed full length documentary 'End of Liberty', which shows how Americans are rapidly losing their liberties and freedoms, and how our country is headed for a complete societal collapse. 'End of Liberty' has already received about 1/2 million views in less than one month.
On November 5th, NIA released a report with its projections for future U.S. food prices based on the recently announced $600 billion in quantitative easing by the Federal Reserve. Several days later, NIA's food inflation report was featured live on Fox News by Glenn Beck, who was recently ranked by Newsweek as the #2 most influential political figure in the country. On November 12th, NIA's President Gerard Adams was a guest on the Fox Business Network, where he spoke about the potential for food inflation to take over as America's biggest crisis in 2011.
NIA is not a political organization and does not support Republicans or Democrats. NIA exists solely for the purpose of educating Americans to the truth about the U.S. economy and inflation. Americans live in a country where 99% of those who studied economics in college were taught voodoo Keynesian economics.
Keynesian economists have the mistaken belief that all recessions are bad and must be suppressed by government interference in the free market. They believe that by the Federal Reserve manipulating interest rates to artificially low levels and printing trillions of dollars of fiat money out of thin air, they can create jobs, economic growth, and wealth. They believe that a little bit of inflation is good for an economy.
Keynesian economists fail to realize that when price inflation breaks out, it becomes impossible to contain unless interest rates are immediately raised to a level that is higher than the real rate of price inflation. Unfortunately, due to the current size and scope of our national debt and unfunded liabilities, NIA believes it will be impossible for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates higher than the real rate of inflation. Real interest rates are likely to stay negative until the U.S. dollar collapses and is officially declared dead and worthless.
Gas and grocery bills for all Americans have been rising substantially in recent months. The average American has been seeing health insurance costs spiral out of control on an annual basis. Students have been suffering from college tuitions rising like there is no tomorrow. Massive price inflation is all around us, yet the mainstream media continues to ignore the truth and reports the government's phony CPI numbers as gospel.
Politicians in Washington from both sides of the aisle have been colluding with the media in order to brainwash Americans into believing inflation is not a problem and that their real fear should be deflation. Deflation is a good thing for middle class Americans because it means their money is worth more and their incomes and savings have more purchasing power. Inflation is only good for the politicians because it allows them to steal the wealth of middle class Americans and redistribute it to their banker friends on Wall Street who don't produce anything of real value.

There is no reason for a lawyer or banker to make more money than a farmer or factory worker. This is only made possible by the system we have today, where Americans get suckered into electing representatives who promise entitlements that the government can't afford without printing the money to pay for them. When the dollar bubble bursts and the system collapses, the free market will allow farmers and goods producers to become wealthy while lawyers and bankers go broke.
Most Americans are naive enough to believe that because the U.S. has survived for so long with such a huge national debt and continuous budget deficits, the country will be able to continue down this path forever without any consequences because after all, this is America we are talking about. The truth is, our national debt has grown by 70.7% over the past five years, compared to 41.8% during the previous five years, and 14.3% during the five years before that. Meanwhile, our GDP has grown by 17.9% over the past five years, compared to 27.5% during the previous five years, and 32.9% during the five years before that. We have gone from our GDP growing more than twice as fast as our debt, to our debt growing at nearly quadruple the speed of our GDP. A train wreck is getting ready to happen and this train wreck is literally unstoppable.
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FairTax Friday~This Year's Thanks, Next Year's Preparation



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    In a nation like the one we are blessed to be a part of, we always have reasons to be thankful. Regardless of how FairTax supporters feel about a number of issues outside of tax reform, the United States is the country in which we've all chosen to build our lives in and advance our future. Even though we have tremendous challenges ahead and are in the middle of trying times, people all over the world still desire to be a part of the American dream - our city on a hill.

    This has also been a very good year for the FairTax movement. The new FAST board (FairTax America Support Team) united our dedicated grassroots leaders around a common goal of passing the FairTax by 2013. The elections saw not one co-sponsor from the Republican or Democratic side be defeated and many more FairTax going to Washington for the first time. More Americans have heard about the FairTax than ever before and it seems the media are finally beginning to understand our cause. Just in the last couple of weeks the FairTax has been discussed at length three different times on TV and print media appearances are increasing as well.

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FairTax in the News

Deficit Puzzle: Where's the Fair Tax? -

 ...Among the common reader questions I didn't address in the article were these three:

 ...Why didn't we include the Fair Tax?

 The Fair Tax, as one of the Web sites promoting it explains, would replace "all federal income and payroll based taxes with an integrated approach including a progressive national retail sales tax."

We did include a national sales tax, but a much smaller one — one that would not raise nearly enough to replace the income tax. As I mentioned in this post, political viability was one factor in our decisions about what to include. Right now, the Fair Tax just does not garner much support from either Republicans or Democrats, in Congress or in other parts of government...

The Tax Code is the Key: Bring the FairTax to the Floor -

...In election cycles before 2010, opponents of the FairTax have been able to use candidates' support of the FairTax against them successfully. In 2010, that wasn't the case: In the races in which Democrats ran ads demonizing their Republican opponents' support of the FairTax, the ads didn't succeed...

It's clear that Congressman-Elect Rob Woodall will be the standard bearer in the new Congress. He says the discussions have started with leadership on the FairTax...

Woodall continued, "There has been a sense in the past that if you bring the FairTax to the floor and it fails, that it's somehow bad for the FairTax. I'm taking a different message up this year, which is, we need to vote on the FairTax. We need to understand where folks are, and failing to get a majority is not failure. That just tells you where it is you have to concentrate your efforts going forward." Woodall believe that the best plan is to bring the FairTax to the floor, to get members on record, and then to assess where things stand. No more "wink and a nod" pseudo-promises. Woodall wants a list of supporters who will be accountable for following through on their earlier representations...

Did You Know?

Scholarly research tells us:

- Real wages are 10.3 percent, 9.5 percent, and 9.2 percent higher in years 1, 10, and 25, respectively than would otherwise be the case.  [3]

- Disposable personal income is higher than if the current tax system remains in place:  1.7 percent in year 1, 8.7 percent in year 5, and 11.8 percent in year 10.  [4]

- The economy as measured by GDP is 2.4 percent higher in the first year and 11.3 percent higher by the 10th year than it would otherwise be.  [4]

- Over time, the FairTax benefits all income groups.  Of 42 household types (classified by income, marital status, age), all have lower average remaining lifetime tax rates under the FairTax than they would experience under the current tax system. [5]

- Implementing the FairTax at a 23 percent rate gives the poorest members of the generation born in 1990 a 13.5 percent improvement in economic well-being; their middle class and rich contemporaries experience a 5 percent and 2 percent improvement, respectively.  [6]

- Based on standard measures of tax burden, the FairTax is more progressive than the individual income tax, payroll tax, and the corporate income tax.  [7]

- Charitable giving increases by $2.1 billion (about 1 percent) in the first year over what it would be if the current system remained in place, by 2.4 percent in year 10, and by 5 percent in year 20.  [8]

- The FairTax provides the equivalent of a supercharged mortgage interest deduction, reducing the true cost of buying a home by 19 percent.  [10]

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November 25, 2010

Christian Coalition of America~ A Thanksgiving Message


Dear Friend,

Fourteen years after the first English settlers dedicated America to God on the sands of Cape Henry, Virginia (April 29, 1607), the Pilgrims in Plymouth, Massachusetts celebrated the first Thanksgiving in 1621.  They wanted to express their thankfulness and their appreciation to their Creator.  Most Americans, to this day, see this holiday as an expression of their faith; of their gratefulness to God for all of the blessings He has bestowed upon them and upon the United States of America.

The native Americans from the Wampanoag tribe had helped the pilgrims survive when they first arrived on this continent in 1620 and established Plymouth Plantation.  The native Americans taught the pilgrims how to fish and to hunt and to plant crops which saved them from starvation, especially during the harsh winters of Massachusetts.

We will soon be celebrating the 400th anniversary of the first Thanksgiving and God has still not withheld His blessings upon this nation.  We have a lot to give thanks for, but we also need to pray to our Heavenly Father and ask Him to protect us from those enemies, outside and within, who want to see America destroyed.

Psalms 100:4 tells us that we need to:  "Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name."   Let us try to remember this Thanksgiving, especially as we gather with family and friends among an abundance of riches and blessings which God has given us.

We here at the Christian Coalition of America wish you and your family a happy Thanksgiving.


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November 23, 2010

@jackhoogendyk~ Taxpayers to "bail out" the Detroit Symphony Orchestra?-Core Principles


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Is it Time for Taxpayers to Bail Out the DSO?

As reported in the Wall Street Journal:


"On StrikeThe Detroit Symphony Orchestra's 85 musicians walked off the job in late September after negotiations broke down over a proposed contract calling for the salaries of veteran musicians to be cut by nearly a third while new players would start at 42% below the current base of $104,650. Pension and health benefits also would be cut.


The players had offered an initial cut to $82,000, but wanted pay partially restored over three years, to $96,600.


The orchestra's management contends the cuts are needed as the DSO faces a $9 million loss this year in its budget, after two seasons in which it had deficits totaling more than $10 million. The orchestra has also said it faces rising interest payments on more than $50 million in bank loans. Revenue shortfall has been unusually severe as the auto industry has shrunk, spurring a drop in ticket subscriptions and decline in donations."


What is the answer? Taxpayers to the rescue! As reported in Gongwer:


"The House is expected to take quick action on a local tax financing package for the Detroit Institute of Arts and Detroit Zoo when it returns from break, but there is talk the chamber could add a third beneficiary: the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

The Senate surprised many when it moved fast on SB 1578 and SB 1579, after previously declining to act on anything close to a tax increase, but the bills are being fast-tracked through the Legislature in general because of the shortened lame-duck session. The House skipped its usual referral of the bills to committee and just put them on second reading.


symphony strikeThe legislation allows voters in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties to create a new property tax to fund the DIA while increasing the existing levy for the zoo.

But unlike the DIA and zoo, which are owned by the city of Detroit but are run by independent nonprofits, the DSO is an independent body reliant purely on ticket sales and donations.


Without a resolution, the DSO expects to run out of endowment money and be broke in two years, according to its website."


If you are not from the Detroit area, you may not care bacause this is a local taxing issue. But, you must ask the question, "when will my local zoo, art museum, or symphony orchestra be added to the lame-duck Christmas tree?"


Perhaps a quick note of encouragement to Senate Leader Mike Bishop and House Minority Leader Elsenheimer would be appropriate. They are both unlikely to support such a tax boondoggle, but some positive reinforcement would likely go a long way. To send them an e-mail, just click on their names.


        Mike Bishop          Kevin Elsenheimer


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