MILD Member Ann Chaffee Radio Interview
Ann Chaffee, MILD Past President, Mauer's Sanitary Cleaners, Lansing was an excellent representative for MILD in a radio interview concerning a possible service tax on small business in the service industries.
Click below to listen to Ann's interview
MILD encourage Michigan legislators to have a Michigan budget policy that goes further with reforms, controlling spending and provides substantive improvements to the state's tax and business climate without burdening small business and taxpayers with a new tax on services.
There are active conversations in Lansing about adding a service tax and laundries, dry cleaners, cleaning commercial companies, car washes, all service businesses could be impacted. Our state lawmakers are considering adding a service tax on to any number of active bills in Lansing. One such bill is HB4539 (see below).
This is a message from the Michigan Chamber of Commerce
URGENT! We are sorry to report that as part of the critical debate about road funding, legislative leaders and the Governor's office are revisiting the devastating idea of expanding the sales tax to services! We need you to contact your legislators and the Governor's office today, and tell them that any expansion of sales tax on services is unacceptable. Ask policymakers to get back to common-sense solutions to fix the roads.
The Michigan Chamber has consistently endorsed user-fee systems under which job providers would be making significant contributions to solving the road funding problem. Unfortunately, during this critical Lame Duck session, several policymakers are advocating a destructive sales tax on services as a funding source for the road plan. This ill-conceived scheme would cause great damage by unfairly picking winners and losers depending on the political whims of politicians. Michigan tried this dangerous experiment under then-Governor Granholm in 2007. Under tremendous pressure from taxpayers, the services tax was repealed within two months.
This threat is real. House Bill 4539 (Schmidt, R) is a sales tax bill that has been identified as a main bill in the road funding plan, and appears to be the most likely bill to be hijacked for a sales tax on services - but other bills can always be in play. We need you to voice your opposition and help us derail this dangerous idea. Lawmakers are in session and negotiating today, and we need your help now!