Well, there’s a catch…
The plan involves liquor stores and restaurants selling spirits on Sunday mornings and bar owners buying permits for their establishments to stay open until 4 a.m. The expanded hours for liquor sales would generate an estimated $13.7 million for the state’s general fund, the pot over which the governor and lawmakers have spending discretion. Additional revenue would come from the sale of the special permits priced at $1,500 each.
Emphasis mine. Apparently, we are all going to drink more if just given enough time and opportunity. This is not unlike funding children’s health care from tobacco taxes. The $14 million tax increase calculation probably doesn’t even include the increased fine collection for DUI, and I know I’m going to get up at 7AM on many Sundays just to exercise my freedom to purchase that bottle of Jack Daniel’s I didn’t realize I’d need for breakfast by 4AM the
previous Saturday same day.
Our Governor wants to rescind blue laws in order to increase State revenue. This is how we get more “choice.” Put more directly, she’s saying, “I will rescind a law preventing grocery store liquor sales on Sunday mornings and we’ll let bars stay open 2 more hours. We’ll only charge the operators $1,500 annually for our forbearance.” The Governor owes thanks to our puritanical forebears for this opportunity. They deserve an apology from her for every explicit and implicit criticism she’s uttered.
This idea of charging people to exempt them from 19th Century liquor laws is a principle the Dems can vastly expand. Imagine this LSJ headline:
Cherry: Plans to license fornication on odd numbered days making progress.
Lansing Jan. 25, 2010
Special to the State Journal
Legislators’ differences over proposals for flat annual fees vs. per use charges (to be assessed via a toll-free number and/or website at the soon to be created Department of Non-judgmental Public Morals Enforcement and Condom Distribution) are the main remaining stumbling block in passage of the “Odd-Day Pay-to-Play” bill. Progress was made when the Democrats agreed to abandon surcharges based on number of orgasms. Republicans, in turn, gave up their insistence that fines for unauthorized fornication under the age of consent attract doubled fines.
Sliding rates (to be based on mutual degree of satisfaction), an earlier source of much legislative rancor when a dozen votes split along strict gender lines, have been put aside for later consideration when orgasmometer technology has been made sufficiently portable and implantable.
Back to our present reality: Governor Granholm has also been busy usurping legislative power in order to
promote her most recent pet environmental boondoggle reduce CO2 emissions. Her recent executive order threatens, for one example, a $2.3 billion private investment in the same state-of-the-art clean coal technology Joe Biden and Barack Obama want to sell to China. Along with the investment go 1,800 local construction jobs. Call them “unsourced.”
Governor Quixote currently tilts into windmills, having recently
choked on surplus slaked her thirst for ethanol. Windmills on every free square foot of the state are just the thing to employ tens of thousands at subsistence wages, if unsubsidized. We’ll also need huge warehouses for the batteries needed to store electricity for times when the wind doesn’t blow.
Gov. Jennifer Granholm exceeded her authority by creating new legal requirements for building coal-fired power plants, Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox said Friday. Granholm’s office said Cox had “misread both state and federal law.”
“Governors can sign bills into law, but they cannot write them,” he said in a statement. “That is the Legislature’s job.”
“The governor disagrees with the opinion,” Granholm spokeswoman Liz Boyd said. “As a former attorney general, the governor believes (Cox) has misread both state and federal law. The state will be asking for a clarification from the federal Environmental Protection Agency.”
Gov. Q is likely to get an opinion supporting her efforts to cripple electricity production and kill private investment: Obama appointee Carol Browner is about to have carbon dioxide declared a pollutant. Hold your breath. Really.
Officially recognizing that carbon dioxide is a danger to the public sets would trigger regulation of the greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants, refineries, chemical plants, cement firms, vehicles and any other emitting sectors across the economy.
Finally, to bring this all together, don’t forget you breathe harder when you are making love. So, in Michigan, federal CO2 taxes will be on top of the taxes from the Odd Numbered Fornication Days Regularization and Prevented Children Health Act of 2010.
Tax credits for trees in your yard will be added to the tax code based on number, age and species of tree divided by the reciprocal of your personal carbon footprint as calculated under the federal Paperwork Reduction, Simplification, Normalization, Streamlining, De-obfuscation and Green Accountancy Relief Act of 2011. A 10% additional deduction will be available for those who really “hug” their trees. Yardless community organizers will be eligible for “virtual tree” credits through AlGore’s carbon indulgences agencies and the UN IPCC.