Rep. O'Brien said the bills are reasonable.You can argue whether this is technically a tax increase, but it isn't arguable that the result of this bill would be to take more money away from taxpayers. That is not a goal that any conservative should support. This bill is being sold in the name of fairness, but there is nothing fair about taking more of people's money from them.
"The conservative policies guiding taxation are based on [the] simplest, broadest and fairest tax," Rep. O'Brien said. "Enforcing existing laws supports Michigan job creators and ensures a competitive playing field for all businesses.
"Anyone saying this is a tax increase, expansion, or new tax is in reality supporting the non-compliance of existing tax laws and is being dishonest about the issue," she continued. "The evasion of taxes is never a platform I will promote and I'm shocked by some who have suggested it is good policy."
Aside from that, the politics of this bill are just terrible. Does anyone other than a few big retailers support this? Hopefully the legislature has the sense to kill this.