Today, I received Marty Knollenberg's "Three-Point Plan for Economic Growth." His plan is as follows: First, act as the city's ambassador. Second, approach every problem by listening. Third, "re-energize" Troy to "unify" it.
I wish I could be more specific in describing what Mr. Knollenberg intends to do, but his "plan" is sorely lacking in details. So I have no idea what he's going to do should he be elected as Mayor.
But I do know what he did while a member of the State Legislature.
I know that Marty Knollenberg voted for Public Act 38, a bill designed to amend Public Act 281, also known as the “Income tax act of 1967.”
Which means that Marty Knollenberg voted to cut taxes on business by $1.7 billion while raising taxes on individuals by $1.5 billion, with lower income folks and seniors taking the hardest hits.
The same bill made significant changes to the Homestead Property Tax Credit. If you have total household resources of $50,000 or have a home with a taxable value of $135,000, the your tax credit went away. The net effect? Your taxes increased.
Public Act 38 is so unpopular that Republicans are joining Democrats in calling for repeal.
Which explains why why Marty Knollenberg's "Three-Point Plan" lacks specifics. Because his plans involve giving away tax breaks to businesses while making seniors pay more.
So when Marty sends you a piece of mail that says he'll "help protect senior services," just know that he doesn't mean your pension.