That’s one of Jennifer Granholm’s proposal’s for balancing the budget. I saw this story in the Jackson Citizen-Patriot late last week.
Local bar owners are not happy with what Gov. Jennifer Granholm wants to serve up in 2010 — a doubling of their annual liquor license renewal fees.
Granholm is seeking to raise the fees — which haven’t been increased since 1976 — as a way to help solve the state’s massive budget deficit.
“It’s a 100 percent tax increase,” said Jeff Veach, owner of Veach’s Office Bar in downtown Jackson.
So, it’s been 30 years since there’s been an increase in liquor license renewal fees. 30 years! That seems like a long time. With the rate of inflation, a doubling of the fees seems cheap. It sucks that it could happen now when everyone is struggling. It’s kind of a vicious cycle. If business fees aren’t increased, then they’ll have to find another stream of revenue such as property or income tax hikes, but it just seems like doing business in Michigan is getting harder and harder.