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.
Drop the Cap. Reducing the limit of spending to 8.55% is a necessary first step to tell investors, taxpayers, and the legislature that we don’t want to return to being a high-spending state. With focus on the proper priorities, we can repair our infrastructure, make needed repairs and make needed investments without blowing the budget wide open. This little-known aspect of our budget exists due to the efforts of the late Dick Headlee, who in 1978 spearheaded an effort to ensure that Michigan got off the gravy-boat tax & spend ride it had been on.
The problem is that the limit turns out to still give lots of room for political shenanigans. I hope to bring this issue to light for the legislature to put on the ballot. And, until that occurs, I’ll use the veto pen to help motivate the legislature to see the wisdom of Mr. Headlee’s vision.
Eliminating the Michigan Strategic Fund. This agency wields enormous power within Michigan government. Deciding on tax abatement, distribution of grant funds, loans to developing businesses. This “autonomous agency” operates under the framework of the DTED – but, enormous outlays continue to spend precious taxpayer money on businesses.
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. Along these lines, we should work to eliminate the Michigan Economic Develop Corporation – which manages our state image agency, known for PURE Michigan (a nice sounding name)….it’s mostly PURE B.S.. This is a nice subsidy for the business community – handing out advertising contracts that promote tourism and such. In my view, the business that want customers to buy their products or visit their region should organize together to pay this expense. Most of what this agency does is not the province of government and should be eliminated.
Legalize marijuana use. It’s time we dispense with the failed war on cannabis. Too many of our citizens, especially young people, have had their lives affected by a marijuana conviction. And yet, the marketplace continues to thrive. Let’s get rid of the mindless and expensive prohibition mentality that says we can control all forms of human behavior. I believe that responsible use of marijuana should be treated just like responsible use of alcohol. The logic of this the “King in his castle” theory of law. Adults should be left alone in their own homes, as invited friends homes, or businesses that allow this activity. The State has no interest in preventing the free exercise of this activity.
You can read more on marijuana on my Issue’s Page: Marijuana Policy
If elected Governor, I’ll stop the misuse of our National Guard.
I will use every available means to prevent the President of the United States from federalizing our National Guard Troops for use in a foreign conflict that has not had a Declaration of War by the United States Congress.
Over many generations, my family has had many members serve in various branches of the military. My father served in the U.S. Navy….. grandfathers (both) in the U.S. Army. I have a niece serving now.
I believe that often we’ve been too quick to war. But, even if the conditions were such that the use of military forces could be considered appropriate — a Governor of this State should do all in their power to ensure that our National Guard protected from misuse by the President. Our Constitution relies on the Congress to pass a Declaration before the President can use National Guard Troops — whose primary mission is internal — and acts at the prerogative of the Governor.
While some believe this is radical, most would understand that the Tenth Amendment reserves powers to the States. Only under a proper Declaration of War would the President then request the cooperation of the State to bring the National Guard into Ready Reserve. The last several decades have witnessed a misuse of Presidential Authority by both Democratic and Republican Presidents. We must ensure that the blood of our men and women is not sent afield without forethought and commitment. Our representatives in Washington owe us that.
It’s time we revisit the idea of Death with Dignity.
Many years ago, this issue was rightly brought into view by Dr. Jack Kevorkian, who courageously fought for the right of individuals to pass from this life on their own terms. I believe, as do Libertarians generally, that each competent adult individual has an absolute right to decide when and how to die. Like so many other issues, interest groups and some media have distorted the realities. Oregon has quietly had a law since 1997.
I hope people take time to read this report and decide for themselves.
We need to legalize marijuana.
Period. I can almost hear the “there go the Libertarians again” in the media. Those remarks ignore the enormous cost the drug war has heaped upon our country. The personal cost borne by young people and very unevenly on people of color is well documented. People get a negative mark that scars them for life. It’s time to end it now.
Legalization in Colorado, Washington, and elsewhere means the interest groups and the media can’t lie to you any more about the impacts of legalization. Many of the problems claimed by the prohibitionists simply did not materialize.
We’re finally breaking the cartels in Mexico and elsewhere, as legalized marijuana is driving them out of the trade.
And this ties into the use of resources. We don’t need more courts, probation officers, police, prosecutors, prisons, guards, and the rest of the enforcement apparatus needed continue this assault on our liberty. Instead, criminal justice should be focused on crimes against people and property.
I favor a broad exemption from any form of taxation on marijuana distributed as medicine. Patients enduring pain from chronic disease, injury, PSTD, or other medical affliction should not have enormous new taxes imposed on their care.
As for new revenues. I support diverting no more than 20% of any income derived from legalization (and it should not be taxed any more than any other item) — and that 80% of these revenues go directly back to taxpayers in the form of an equalized tax credit.
It’s not a slogan – but rather a promise to change the political tone in Michigan.
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 ……………
Bill discusses some Libertarian principles and ideas with Justin Barclay (15 minutes)
This interview was recorded on November 27, 2017 with Justin Barclay on WOOD-Radio in Grand Rapids. Bill has appeared on Justin’s show previously when Chairman of the LPM in August of 2016. He predicted the eventual major party status achieved as a result of Gary Johnson’s showing in the general election.
This casual interview covered a number of subjects — from general libertarian principles and the problems with big government programs — to Bill’s specific plan to cut the Headlee Cap (see Michigan Constitution, Article IX, Section 26) from the current 9.49% of personal income to 8.55% — a 10% reduction.
Libertarian challenges Republicans in opening policy speech
November 15, 2017, Allegan, Michigan –