This letter is in regard to the Fall 2012 Legislative Update mailed from the office of 106th state House Rep. Peter Petallia. I find this to be nothing more than campaign literature funded by Michigan taxpayers. He talks about "Lower taxes for spending and investing," which is designed to make the reader think that he has lowered our taxes. In reality he has voted to increase taxes on seniors and families many times in his very short tenure. The pension tax on current retirees and all Michigan workers who retire in the future began as of January 2012. This tax of 4.35 percent will also be levied on IRAs, 401(k)s, 403(b)s, and other retirement income. Most seniors won't realize how this affects their state taxes until early 2013 when they have their 2012 income taxes done. In addition Rep. Pettalia has voted to reduce the following tax credits and deductions: Earned Income Tax Credit for low income workers; Homestead Property Tax Credit for seniors; credit for contributions to homeless shelters, food banks, and community foundations; credit for contributions to medical savings accounts; credit for college tuition and fees; and tax deduction for children 18 years and under. None of these were mentioned specifically in the Update. He did indicate that his new tax code does away with payoffs to special interests. However, I would not consider families with children, senior citizens, or the homeless to be special interests.
In the future I would hope that all incumbents use their periodic "Updates" in a more objective manner and summarize the whole legislative session instead of only the parts favorable to the incumbent candidate. We certainly deserve better information than this in return for the thousands of dollars we spend for these legislative mailings.