Increase school millage?

          Remember when Michigan sales tax was 4%?  Remember that it was raised to 6% to fund schools?  That was 18 years ago, in 1994. http://www.educ.msu.edu/epfp/meet/01-26-04propa.htm

          Since sales tax revenue goes up as prices increase, this extra 2% that we pay on every dollar that we spend is automatically inflation proof.

          As examples from the Social Security Index of Wages:

1994

23,753.53

2011

42,979.61

http://www.ssa.gov/oact/cola/AWI.html

          In 1994, a person who earned and spent $23,753.53 would have paid 2% of that in Michigan sales tax.   $475.07 should have gone to our schools. 

In 2011 [the latest year data is available], 2% of $42,979.61 would be $859.59.  Of course, there are tax exempt sales, etc, but the proportions of tax exempt sales in 1994 and 2012 should still be equal.

Don’t forget that Michigan schools also get money from sales of Michigan Lottery tickets.  If these funding sources are not enough, perhaps we need to look into where these moneys are going instead of throwing more money at the problem.

We all want more money.  But some times we have to learn to live on what we have.  That should go for government agencies as well as individuals.

Sam Wienke,       Farwell resident