Senator Cameron Brown- Supporter of Higher Taxes, New Fees, and Fee Increases

Michigan Business Tax:
Senator Cameron Brown is the only candidate running for Secretary of State who supported the creation of the Michigan Business Tax. He voted for the tax increase and in a release from his office called the MBT “a fair, equitable tax structure“ and predicted… “The Michigan Business Tax will allow companies to expand, and encourage new economic development across our state”.

Click here to read Senator Brown’s release on the MBT.

Cameron Brown also voted for the 21.99% surcharge on the MBT.

In a 2008 article, Tricia Kinley, the Director of Tax Policy & Economic Development for the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, reported that 77% of their members have a higher tax burden because of the MBT, of which 11% will see an increase by more than 300%. 14% indicated they will be forced to lay off employees, and 31% will cancel wage/salary increases.

Forbes magazine listed Michigan as the 2nd least business friendly state in the country. The MBT needs to go, and the 21.99% surcharge is the worst part of the MBT.

Fee Increases:
Cameron Brown voted in 2003 to increase numerous fees & taxes on driver’s licenses.

Among these are increases of $3 in annual vehicle registration fees; an increase of $13 in the fee for an original driver’s license, from $12 to $25, and from $12 to $18 for a renewal; in increase of $15 for a chauffer’s license, from $20 to $35; an increase in the annual auto dealer license fee, from $10 to $75; and an increase in the annual salvage dealer license fee, from $100 to $160. A new $10 late fee for late vehicle registrations would also be imposed. In total, citizens would pay an additional $70 million to the state under the bill. The bill would use the increased revenue to replace part of the road tax money now diverted to fund the Department of Treasury and the Secretary of State. This is one of many bills authorizing tax and fee increases proposed to close a gap between state spending and expected revenue.

New Fees:
Cameron Brown voted to create the Drivers Responsibility Fee.

Assess an annual $100 driver responsibility fee on individuals who accumulates seven or more points on their driving record within a two-year period. For each additional point above this amount an additional fee of $50 would be assessed. Higher fees would be assessed for certain very serious driving infractions, such as manslaughter, drunk driving, or fleeing police. In addition, a motorist who fails to produce his or her proof of insurance form when requested by a police officer would be assessed $300. This is one of many bills authorizing tax and fee increases proposed to close a gap between state spending and expected revenue.

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