Independence Day, the 4th of July, fireworks, it is all about celebrations, and celebrating our Independence as an American, but not to state law makers in Michigan. It seems to be all about “GREED” when in need. All the unrealistic, unethical practices of governments elected officials at work. A recent proposal to a change in the states long overdue fireworks laws is about to cripple the fireworks business in a state where the business forecast is far from sunny. State House Representative Harold Haugh has introduced a bill in the house House Bill-5999 of 2010 that will increase the unemployment rate and force small fireworks companies to leave the state. Let me mention that Mr. Haugh is also a representative in one of the areas where most of the larger companies, including General Motors have made the choice to leave also.
It is really becoming clear that as managers of a state which is operated as a corporation, the job just is not getting done, but the real question is why do these elected officials still have a job. Mr. Haughs proposal is one that would kiss your independence day celebration good bye for fireworks companies in Michigan due to the $5000.00 per year licensing fee that he has proposed. As we examined this proposal we do see some benefits if all businesses are charged a $5000.00 licensing fee. Mr. Haugh has clearly singled out the fireworks businesses making claims that hold no merit whatsoever other than greed. If Michigan fireworks companies fold or are run out of the state, Ohio, Indiana and Wisconsin would love that. The purpose of the bill in the first place is to generate additional sales tax revenues that the state was losing every year to the states mentioned. Mr. Haughs proposal will guarantee those sales tax revenues to Ohio, Indiana, and Wisconsin for many years to come. You could call it the sealed in cement theory if you would like.
We have taken a hard look at the statistics of various other companies including bicycles, skate boards, even soccer teams at local high schools. Here is what we have found. In last ten years, fireworks injuries and deaths equal one years worth of bicycle injuries and deaths. Should the state of Michigan now charge all bicycle manufacturers and shops a $5000.00 licensing fee? In a bicycle accident, you’ll find the fire department, ambulance, and police personnel all there at the tax payers expense. Kinda ridiculous isn’t it? Michigan a state in dyer need for businesses to succeed, has elected officials throwing obstacles at them hoping what is perceived to be, trying to make them fail. 9 of out every 10 businesses fail in the first year without any help from the governments elected officials. Or is it we now have the 9 business people that failed running the government as elected officials?