For Immediate Release

February 16, 2015

Coalition Against Higher Taxes and Special Interest Deals Launches Statewide Ad Campaign–“Special Interests Deals”

I Didn’t Pay for that?” “ Yeah, you did”:  Almost 40% of Proposal 1 is Special Interest Deals

Lansing, MI—Paul Mitchell, Chair of The Coalition Against Higher Taxes and Special Interest Deals, announced today the launch of their first statewide ad, “Special Interest Deals”. The Coalition announced it will be launching a statewide, six-figure multimedia campaign including television, radio and digital advertising. Proposal One will cost voters $2 billion with 40% of the monies going to projects other than roads.

Paul Mitchell said, “Proposal 1 will have voters subsidizing special interest deals with higher taxes and we are working to educate people on the costs and hidden deals in Proposal 1. Voters need to know about these hidden costs and special interest deals that the lobbyists are trying to hide so they can make the right decision and vote no on Proposal 1. Our elected leaders can do better to solve the roads problem than tacking on $700 million in special interest deals so that we can begin fixing our roads.”

Independent non-partisan analysis shows that a big part of the more than $2 billion tax increase will go to paying for a variety of non-road related projects – over $700 million in costs. If Proposal 1 passes on May 5th, voters will be sending almost 40% of this tax increase to projects not related to the roads. Proposal 1 will also raise the sales tax rate from 6% to 7%, a 17% increase that will give Michigan the 2nd highest sales tax rate in the nation.

Last week, various news reports discussed different groups including labor bosses and lobbyists who were being coaxed into supporting Proposal 1 based on the side deals included.

“Improving our infrastructure is an important discussion and it does not need to be tainted by side deals and deflection on the issues. The solution needs to be fiscally responsible and not a grab bag for the lobbyists and their friends. Proposal 1 raises taxes $2 billion and costs $700 million in special interest deals. Voters expect and need better than Proposal 1 – vote NO on May5th.”

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The ad can be viewed at: http://youtu.be/w88vy9CUvQo

TV TRANSCRIPT:

Cashier:

…And here’s your receipt.

Customer:

Woah… that’s high.

Cashier:

Yeah… it’s Proposal One… the sales tax hike… It gives Michigan one of the highest sales taxes in the nation.

Customer:

Who’s that?

Cashier:

That’s a special interest.

Customer:

I didn’t pay for that.

Cashier:

Oh yeah, you did.Lansing politicians say the tax is for roads… but nearly forty percent goes to special interests.

Voiceover:

Vote “No” on Proposal One. Demand a better way to fix our roads.

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