The National Taxpayer's Union has just released a 2010 election guide called "The Taxpayer's Perspective" that lists every local millage election in the states by county. Each is given a "plus" or "minus" sign rating based on whether it "could lower taxes or control government" or "raise taxes or expand government." The report is online here; scroll to "Michigan."

In this year of the Tea Party, in a general election where those voters who prefer self-government appear willing to crawl to the polls on bare knees over broken glass to send a "just say no!" message to the ruling elites in Washington, one would expect them to want to tell the same to tax-raising local governments.

But you never know. A rash of local tax hike measures around the state did so well in the August primary election that one group marketed their report on the phenomenon, "MI Voters Show Strong Appetite for Taxes."

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