Drop the Cap

Michigan has a spending cap?   Most voters don't know that -- but, taxpayer advocate Richard Headlee's landmark amendment to the Michigan Constitution (Article IX, Section 26) - sets a limit of 9.49% of personal income as the absolute spending limit on our State Government.

The problem is that recent acceleration in spending could make government expansion a key problem down the road.

My "Gelineau Plan" has three key parts:

  1.  "Drop the Cap" from the current 9.49% to 8.55% - a 10% reduction. ----  Since state spending is now hovering around 8.1% - this is not a radical proposal.   But, it is an important proposal to ensure state spending does not revert to the problems we had in the past.
  2. Eliminate the Michigan Strategic Fund.
  3. Legalize marijuana use.

Businesses should hot be subsidized by the taxpayer.    Profitable businesses don't need and should not get taxpayer subsidy.    So-called future businesses should develop their own markets without taxpayer subsidy.

Come Together Michigan

It’s not a slogan – but rather a promise to change the political tone in Michigan.    Check out our campaign video:  Here

Like what has happened in so much of our public life, too often our elections are about personalities, and perceived “sides” of our political divide.

As a candidate for Governor of Michigan, I hope to inspire conversations about solutions.   Many of our problems are not Right/Left, or Conservative/Liberal.   In fact, one of the most important aspects of my campaign is to explain the concepts and ideas behind the Libertarian movement.  Whatever happened to good old-fashion debate?   And respect for competitive ideas?   And civility?    I will do my best to be a candidate of decency and solutions.

I don’t pretend to be the best champion for the Libertarian ideal.  In fact, I hope you’ll evaluate what those ideas might mean to you.   And the best way to do that is to read it for yourself.  You can do that at MichiganLP.org .  But, I will advocate for common sense and use FACTS instead of merely spouting the Party line.

Here is the immediate challenge.   The Libertarian candidate for President in 2016, Gary Johnson, received enough votes to allow the Libertarian Party to be considered a “major party” for the first time.    This really is quite an achievement – one equaled only a few times since our new Constitution was adopted in 1963.    And each time (the last being the Reform Party in 1996), two years later that Party was unable to maintain their status.

The two older parties don’t like competition.   Maintaining status as a major party is not easy – and that’s why we will be THE FIRST to accomplish that feat this year.

We need your help.   The first step for a major party candidate to become qualified for the ballot for Governor is that they must obtain 15,000 signatures.   But, there are all kinds of special rules about who and where.    Not a big deal for the two old parties, since their nominee will receive over $1 million taxpayer dollars.    They buy the signatures they need.

We’re going to do it differently.   With organization and the help of our citizens, we hope to be the first “3rd party” to qualify for the ballot a year ahead of time.

Why should we succeed when so many have failed?   First and foremost, the public has come to see how many programs and proposals are just a mess right now.   From our schools to our roads – from our increasing stressed environment to an overcrowded and dilapidated prison system – Michigan is falling behind.

Let’s follow Gary Johnson’s simple formula.    First, we should recognize a few truths:

1.   Government tries to do too much.

2.   Many of the things we do now are outdated and need reform.

3.   Small businesses and entrepreneurs drive growth in our State and we make it harder than needed for these job creators to succeed.

With your help, we will join the conversation.   This petition drive will ensure an independent voice – not beholden to either Party or their lobbyists.    Help me take another step toward giving Michigan a competitive 3rd voice.

Let’s Come Together Michigan /  #MichiganLibertyRising

For our families - For our friends - For the Future ............... 


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Proud to have the endorsement of the last three candidates of the Libertarian Party for Governor:

2014 - Mary Buzuma
2010 - Kenneth Proctor
2006 - Gregory Creswell


Bill Gelineau - Libertarian for Governor of Michigan

I hope you take time to read my personal bio. That can be found here: http://liberty4gov.org/about/
Bill Gelineau - Libertarian for Governor of Michigan
Bill Gelineau - Libertarian for Governor of Michigan5 days ago
Thank you to all the new activists for liberty joining the team. It's going to take alot effort to become the advocate needed to take down the two older parties next November.

Welcome to the land of ideas....not ugliness. Proud to say we've now topped the 500 friends mark. Lots of thanks to my social outreach team. The first 4 months have been great....and kudos to so many that have shared our posts and helped us knock on the doors of the media.

I hope everyone -- regardless of faith, creed, or otherwise, enjoys these weeks in December to visit with friend and family. In the back of our minds -- once we hit 2018 -- let's redouble our efforts to spread the message of individual liberty and personal responsibility.

I promise to work as hard as possible -- join our team of inspired individualists that hope to rebuild those values in a positive way. It's fun to be part of something positive. Cheers!!

www.ComeTogetherMichigan.org #MichiganLibertyRising
Bill Gelineau - Libertarian for Governor of Michigan
Bill Gelineau - Libertarian for Governor of Michigan6 days ago
Thank you to everyone at the Huron-Raisin Libertarian Party meeting in Ann Arbor last night. It was a nice turnout and a great chance to expand out our campaign themes.

Anyone wishing to get involved with the Libertarian Party in Washtenaw, Lenawee, or Monroe counties can find out more here: https://michiganlp.org/event/huron-raisin-affiliate/?instance_id=609

Bill Gelineau - Libertarian for Governor of Michigan
Bill Gelineau - Libertarian for Governor of Michigan1 week ago
Hi everyone. I've had a number of people ask for a cleaner copy of the appearance on "To The Point" on WoodTV-8 in Grand Rapids.

You can find it here: https://youtu.be/h2r1lHUjxeU
Bill Gelineau - Libertarian for Governor of Michigan
Bill Gelineau - Libertarian for Governor of Michigan
Bill Gelineau - Libertarian for Governor of Michigan1 week ago

The time is now to get involved. The two old parties will not let go of power. We must focus our energy to ORGANIZE. Come join our team.

Bill Gelineau - Libertarian for Governor of Michigan
Bill Gelineau - Libertarian for Governor of Michigan2 weeks ago
Hi all. Wanted to let you know about another earned media opportunity coming up this weekend.

I will be appearing on "To the Point", which is probably the most watched political and public affairs show in West Michigan. The program runs on WoodTV-8 at 10 am. - the show becomes available online a couple days later.

This is our 2nd "big media" opportunity this week. Great chance to talk more about liberty!

Bill Gelineau - Libertarian for Governor of Michigan
Bill Gelineau - Libertarian for Governor of Michigan2 weeks ago
All. Lots of big opportunities on the horizon. But, we still need to finish out our first big task. This is the hour of taking nothing for granted -- and, although the response of our volunteers has been nothing short of amazing, I'm asking EVERYONE to make one more push in the next week.

We're sitting on over 18 thousand signatures -- sample verified -- we're quite happy. We want to push over the 20k mark....and our team has more than 1/2 of the difference in hand.

So, while dozens of you have already worked like crazy to get us this far, I'm going to ask you to make one more push this weekend. Our petition can be found here: Print in Landscape -- Legal - Actual Size.


The state database for voters is enormous....and we're contracting for time to verify our remain signatures. So, we're asking everyone to mail in petitions by December 6th.

Our goal remains to file our petitions by the end of December, if possible. ONLY with your help can we achieve this HUGE goal..... This will give us all of 2018 to take it to the OLD PARTIES and make them squeal.

Don't sit on your hands....LIBERTY is calling. If 500 people go get 3 signatures each -- we power past our goal with room to spare. PLEASE take a few minutes.

If you really can't access the petition....contact the campaign directly at campaign@liberty4gov.org -- I'll make sure one of our regional volunteers either mails or hand-delivers a petition to you.

Watch for more announcements in the next 48 hours. #MichiganLibertyRising Bill

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