To the Journal editor:
Two seemingly unrelated issues have a lot of attention in the local and state news medium. One is the ongoing search for the body of missing union leader James Hoffa. The other issue is our state opposition to the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community proposed convenience store and relocation of its casino in Marquette County.
Our governor, commendably speaking openly and frankly, gave his reasons for the state’s position. Regarding the convenience store, the governor would like the KBIC to act as a tax collector for the state. Regarding relocation, the governor proposes progressive tax on any added profits resulting from the move.
The governor overlooks the fact that the KBIC members and territory is a sovereign nation, not a ward of the state. Expecting the KBIC to collect taxes on Michigan citizens is comparable to asking our neighboring states and Canada to collect taxes on every purchase a Michigander makes in their territories. KBIC’s casino is a local business, frequented mainly by residents of the areas in the Upper Peninsula.
Our governor is proposing a progressive (proposal) on a local business. Such a proposal statewide would be soundly rejected by the business sector. This should infuriate conservatives and TEA party members but the voices are silent. Basically, the state needs its pockets filled before anyone conducts business in their “territory” regardless of federal and BIA decisions. Similar actions resulted in the rise and fall from power for the likes of Jimmy Hoffa.
Summarizing these issues, we may never find Hoffa’s body but his spirit is alive and well in the halls of the state capital.
Another mystery, would someone please locate the conservative governor we elected in the last gubernatorial election? This person was last sighted when the voting polls closed on election day.