Democrat to challenge Bolger for House seat
A Pennfield Township man is hoping to unseat state Rep. Jase Bolger next year. Democrat Dave Morgan said as the representative for Michigan House District 63 he would support tax breaks for senior citizens and reduce partisanship politics in Lansing.
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#1 Nov 16, 2009
I'm a Democrat and a supporting member of the Michigan Liberal blog. A year ago, I voted against Jase Bolger. I even had his opponents' sign in my front yard. But Bolger will have my support in the next election. He's one of the 10% of legislators who actually do something other than collect a paycheck. And he's already demonstrated the ability to work with the Democratic majority in the Michigan House and get bills passed.
Dave Morgan may have good intentions but he certainly isn't going to reduce partisan politics by defeating a freshman legislator from the other party. And how is he going to cut taxes for senior citizens without increasing already large cuts in K-12 education, Medicaid, community health, State Police and support for colleges and universities? By proposing something like that, Morgan is either being dishonest to buy votes or clueless about Michigan's budget situation.
#2 May 18, 2010
Yes, our state and its people are struggling financially. That is why I am proposing that we look at cutting taxes for our permanent resident seniors. It's not right to tax seniors on their retirement income that they have worked so hard to accumulate. Many states, incuding Arizona, Georgia, and Maryland, have realized that cutting taxes for seniors means retaining seniors to their state, which helps the state's economy. Florida, for example, doesn't tax retirement income for permanent residents, and Georgia is phasing out its retirement income tax by 2015. We can continue to burden our seniors with unnecessary taxes, or we can help them financially. How many of us have friends or relatives looking to retire in another state? We are actually supporting our tax base by lowering taxes on seniors. If we continue to tax our seniors as we do, we only push them, and their money, to other states. This concept is no different than the one that has been proposed to keep college graduates here in Michigan by exempting them from taxes for three years. We need to keep people in Michigan to keep dollars in Michigan. Plain and simple, it's a "win-win" situation.
It's time we start thinking of new ways to help our residents and our state. What Lansing is doing right now isn't working.
Since: May 10
Battle Creek, Michigan
#3 May 18, 2010
I have no idea why it says I am from Sault Sainte Marie, MI.... I am from Battle Creek, MI.
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