Glenn signs no-tax-hike pledge

Cites Kevin Daley's support for two major tax increases

Williams Twp., Mich. -- Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Williams Twp., a Republican candidate for the state Senate seat representing Bay, Lapeer, and Tuscola counties, Friday signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge offered by Americans for Tax Reform pledging that if elected, he will "oppose and vote against any and all efforts to increase taxes." Glenn, now in his second term in Lansing, signed the same pledge as a successful candidate for the state House of Representatives in 2014.

"Michigan taxpayers want the state to prioritize its spending, not raise our taxes," Glenn said. "My definition of 'fairness' is taxpayers getting to keep more of their own money to spend as they see fit, not the government."

Glenn said signing the pledge will sharpen the distinction between him and his Republican primary opponent, former state Rep. Kevin Daley, who voted in favor of two major tax increases while serving in the state House of Representatives.

* Daley voted in favor of imposing the state income tax for the first time on retiree pensions, telling a Republican women's forum in November that it wasn't "fair" that pensioners weren't required to pay taxes on their retirement income.

Glenn, who as a candidate in 2014 expressed opposition to the Pension Tax, has cosponsored legislation in each of his two terms to repeal and eliminate the tax.

* Daley also voted in favor of Proposal 1, a $2 billion roads tax increase he said in the Lapeer County Press was "historic" and "sustainable" and would lead to "smoother and safer roads." But when it appeared on the May 2015 statewide ballot, the massive tax increase was rejected by 85 percent of voters in Bay County and by 88 percent of voters in Lapeer and Tuscola counties.

Glenn was a leader of the ballot campaign to defeat that roads tax hike, holding his own town hall meeting and appearing on WNEM-TV with now-Congressman Paul Mitchell to urge voters to oppose it. 

Glenn also voted against another roads tax increase that was passed into law in November 2015.