Michigan Education Association

MEA denounces Senate’s irresponsible property tax cut

Investment in education – not reckless tax cuts – will prepare students for jobs, encourage economic recovery

EAST LANSING, Mich., March 17, 2009 — The Michigan Education Association vehemently opposes the Senate’s efforts to cut property taxes that are necessary to provide quality public services – especially a great public education for Michigan’s students. 

Today’s Senate vote to slash property tax revenue continues promoting the disastrous economic policies of the past 20 years that led to these precarious times.  

The following can be attributed to MEA President Iris K. Salters: 

“Michigan’s long-term economic health depends on our public schools preparing students for the jobs Michigan needs. Today’s Senate vote to cut property taxes that provide critical resources for our students is the wrong move. 

“Research has proven that an investment in education yields far greater economic benefits than tax cuts. Great public schools attract great jobs – companies want to locate where they have access to a well-educated workforce.  The economic turnaround spurred by the Kalamazoo Promise is clear proof of this well-founded economic principle. 

“Times are tough, but we can’t cut our way out of our current economic situation.  Investing in Michigan’s people and preparing our students for the workforce will bring a brighter future. Our leaders in Lansing need to recognize the failure of the dozens of tax cuts similar to today’s proposal and lead us down a more productive path to economic recovery.” 

Contact:         

Doug Pratt
Director of Communications, MEA
517-896-4465

 “The mission of the MEA is to ensure that the education of our students and the working environments of our members are of the highest quality.”

Updated: March 17, 2009 3:32 PM