Taxed enough already
Re: The Detroit News’ Jan. 15 Editorial, “Foundations pave the way out of bankruptcy”: If the state uses taxpayer money to bail out the DIA and Detroit, then the state should tear up the Metro tax contract. Shame on Judge Gerald Rosen for thinking only of the DIA and Detroit while not removing the DIA millage funds from the three counties.
It’s not fair to have the people of three counties paying a tax to the DIA and a tax to the state, which in effect double dips us. If the state closes any gap without closing the gap we in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb are paying for, then Gov. Rick Snyder and anyone else who votes for this will be looking for a new job.
Dennis McLellan, Allen Park
Re: Oralandar Brand-Williams’ Jan. 15 report, “June trial set for Dearborn Heights man who shot woman on porch”: I, for one, don’t think Renisha McBride should have been shot for banging on the door that night, but how does the family know she was only seeking help?
Todd Christopher, Livonia
Roads for all
Re: Gary Heinlein and Chad Livengood’s Jan. 15 report, “Snyder road, bridge plan hits GOP roadblock”: Why would they fix the roads? Because it would benefit everyone in the state. We all know that neither party wants to help everyone. It only matters what can get them re-elected. They think that by passing tax cuts, they will fool the people into voting for them again. It’s a pretty sad system.
Chris Burden, Harrison Township
Do it right the first time
I’ve never seen any statistics, but I suspect that thicker roads, while costing more to build, are cheaper in the long run since they don’t need constant repair. There’s a stretch of the thicker road on Interstate 75 where it crosses Interstate 94 in Detroit that was put in a few years ago.
George Corsetti, Detroit
Michigan motorists pay 6 percent sales tax on gasoline that does not go to roads. At $3 a gallon that is an extra 18 cents a gallon not going to roads. The gas tax is 19 cents a gallon. Legislators can give Snyder a permanent funding increase for roads by exempting the first $2 of gasoline from the sales tax and raising the gas tax from 19 to 31 cents a gallon.
Scott Hagerstrom, East Lansing