house resolution no.138

Rep. Hall offered the following resolution:

A resolution to declare October 2023 as Taxpayer Appreciation Month in the state of Michigan.

Whereas, Every government institution, official, and program in Michigan is reliant on funding provided by the taxpayers of this state; and

Whereas, During fiscal year 2022, Michigan collected $40.1 billion in taxes, contributing to the largest budget in the history of this state at $81,658,860,6002; and

Whereas, The most recently approved budget for the State of Michigan is 40% larger than the budget approved five years prior; and

Whereas, A sacred duty exists for the individuals who are entrusted to craft our state budget. We have a duty to be mindful of where this funding comes from and to appropriate it in a manner that benefits all the people of this state; and

Whereas, Michiganders have an expectation that we will not be reckless or wasteful when spending their hard-earned dollars, and that we will avoid the pitfalls of “pork barrel” special projects that can erode the effectiveness of a budget; and

Whereas, Taxpayers expect their government to be prepared in times of economic downturn and budget wisely enough to avoid significant reductions in essential services like funding for infrastructure, education, and public safety; and

Whereas, Tax increases, such as those supported by a substantial number of Democrat leaders in Michigan, are borne by the taxpayer; and

Whereas, During times of high inflation, taxpayers may feel increased economic pressure that places a greater emphasis on avoiding out-of-control government spending meant to advance liberal agendas; now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the House of Representatives, That the members of this legislative body declare October 2023 as Taxpayer Appreciation Month in the state of Michigan.