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:
- "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.
- Eliminate the Michigan Strategic Fund.
- 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
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Grand Rapids, MI 49528
©Bill Gelineau, Candidate for Governor 2017-18