People who are getting an earful of the new Michigan fireworks are giving an earful to their politicians.
Warren Mayor Jim Fouts played a couple of messages he’s gotten for Local 4.
“There’s a good argument for maybe a part time legislature,” Fouts tells Local 4.
He’s aiming at the lawmakers who created the new fireworks law, and who now want to tweak it.
Did you know that under the new law you can legally shoot fireworks the day before, the day of and the day after all of the 10 federal holidays?
The original author of the law is from Roseville.
“That’s something we need to take a look at as well,” says State Representative Harold Haugh, (D) Roseville.
Haugh points to the revenue Michigan collected and stopped from going to Ohio and Indiana where the bigger fireworks have been legal for years.The fees for 966 licenses to sell cost $600 to a $1,000 a pop and the state also got six percent in sales tax and an additional fee for the state fire safety fund.
Local governments got nothing.
“They’re getting all this money. The cities get nothing. But they expect us to police the mess they’ve created. That’s fundamentally wrong. Don’t fix it, nix it,” Mayor Fouts says.
“Being a former mayor myself, I could never put that burden on a local municipality,” says Haugh the former Mayor of Roseville.
Haugh says the new fireworks law helped create new jobs, even if some are temporary, and helped to fill 300 vacant buildings, like one in Sterling Heights that sell fireworks all year round.
Haugh wants a bipartisan committee to look at changes.Some tweaking is already done.
A bill to increase penalties on people, who shoot off illegal fireworks or not during the holidays, and give money to cities, has gone to Governor Snyder.