October 23, 2014

Omer man files recall petition against Green

By James Kuch
News Editor | news@arenacindependent.com
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CARO — Omer resident Paul Piche has filed a recall petition against Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, for voting to add taxes on pensions.

“It’s just wrong,” Piche said.

Piche, 54, filed the recall petition at the Tuscola County Clerk’s office on Thursday, June 2.

Tuscola County Clerk Margie White said the petition aims to recall Green for his May 12 vote in favor of House Bill 4361.

The petition states, “The grant a tax reduction, of up to 1.8 billion dollars per year to Michigan businesses while at the same time imposing an estimated 330 million dollars in new taxes upon the pensions of some Michigan residents.”

White said Piche will have 90 days to collect 22,229 signatures from the 31st District if the petition is determined sufficient by the Tuscola County Election Commission. The commission will make their decision at a clarity meeting that will be held on June 13 at 11:30 a.m. in the Board of Commissioner’s room of the H.H. Purdy Building, 125 W. Lincoln St. in Caro.

Piche said he believes he has the support to get the signatures he needs.

“I am retired and I have got the time and the energy,” he said. “What was done is wrong and he (Green) has to understand there is a price for how he votes. I think there are enough people out there to get signatures. It may not be that hard.”

Piche said that Green’s vote placed a “burden” on the working class.

“Taxing a pension is wrong,” he said. “These are people with a limited income who are stuck with what they got.”

White said she has never dealt with a recall petition on this level that has gotten enough signatures.

“In my 19-years as a clerk I have never seen anyone who has been able to acquire that amount of signatures,” she said.

Ryan Mitchell, communication director for Green, said the senator will continue to work for the people of his district, which includes the counties of Arenac, Bay, Huron, Sanilac and Tuscola.

“Sen. Green was elected to make tough decisions and that is what he is doing,” Mitchell said. “His number one priority is jobs, and he will continue to work on the road to recovery for the people of Michigan.”

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