Despite heavy protests, an outraged public and a giant pig, the people of Michigan are facing much higher taxes, brought to them courtesy of their Democratic Governor. The conservatives stuck together, forcing the governor and her Democratic legislators (and some Republicans) to put their name on a massive increase to both the state's income tax and sales tax.

Because they didn't do anything to address spending growth, tax increases are inevitable.

Michigan tax protect rally

Texas' lawmakers would do well to consider that. Since 2003, the All-Funds budget has been grown 35 percent. That's simply an unsustainable rate of government growth by even the strongest of economies. Unless spending is strictly controlled, and the pigs are forced to step away from the trough, Texas could get a taste of Michigan-style taxes.


Michael Quinn Sullivan

Michael Quinn Sullivan is the publisher of Texas Scorecard. He is a native Texan, a graduate of Texas A&M, and an Eagle Scout. Previously, he has worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine contributor, Capitol Hill staffer, and think tank vice president. Michael and his wife have three adult children, a son-in-law, and a dog. Michael is the author of three books, including "Reflections on Life and Liberty."