Proposal to protect Michigan water, jobs

June 26, 2014

Dear Editor,

I read an article in the Bay City Times written by Ken Brawn where he is making remarks concerning a proposal in the State House introduced by then State House Rep., Mark Schauer back in 2007 to place an excise tax on companies that bottle and sell water from Michigan in the amount of 20 cents per gallon.

Mark Schauer who is running for Governor on the Democratic ticket is being attacked by the Republican Governors Association, based on that 2007 proposal for what they  are claiming, “wrong expensive choices.” I believe, that Schauer’s proposal was well intended for the purpose of protecting Michigan’s precious water and Michigan jobs. His proposal was not to tax water users such as Michigan citizens or agricultural concerns. His thrust was to tax out of state users who were coming to Michgian to take our water without cost. He should be commended for protecting our water resource.

Who would not want our next Governor of Michigan to be one who is looking out for Michigan’s resources and including jobs for our workers and the necessary funds for our K-12 students? Governor Snyder has cut education funds more than 1.5 billion dollars, then eagerly gave that 1.5 to his “Rich” friends  in the form of tax breaks. Mark Schauer will lead this great state with ideas and true leadership that provide jobs and an approach to our resources, school children included, that is an investment in our future, not robbing the pensions from our retirees. Mr. Schauer’s desire to legitimately tax those who would steal Michigan’s water without cost is a tribute to his concern for Michigan.

Dennis J. Perry & Dennis D. Carl

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