For Immediate Release:
Coalition Submits Proposed Ballot Language to Michigan Secretary of State
Board of Canvassers to Meet on Thursday to Consider Alternative Language

Lansing, MI – The Coalition Against Higher Taxes and Special Interest Deals submitted ballot language yesterday to the Michigan Secretary of State. On Thursday, February 26th, the Board of Canvassers will meet to approve language on the ballot.

Paul Mitchell, Chairman of the Coalition said, “We believe this language more accurately reflects the overall effects of this massive tax increase on Michigan voters. Providing voters the most specific language which explains the numerous tax changes as a result of this proposal and the outlining the $700 million dollars in additional non-related road monies being spent is the only way to truly inform voters on the choice they have before them.”

“Law and precedent requires that ballot language be clear and impartial. The “marketing” or advocacy of respective positions on this matter should be conducted outside the ballot language rather than through the ballot language. We urge the Board of Canvassers to ensure that is the result of their final determination,” Mitchell concluded.

The exact language submitted to the Secretary of State Bureau of Elections is as follows:

“A PROPOSAL TO AMEND THE STATE CONSTITUTION TO INCREASE THE MAXIMUM SALES TAX RATE FROM 6% TO 7%, REPLACE SALES AND USE TAXES ON GASOLINE AND DIESEL FUEL, DEDICATE A PORTION OF USE TAX REVENUE TO THE SCHOOL AID FUND, AND TRIGGER OTHER LAWS THAT INCLUDE INCREASING MOTOR FUEL AND DIESEL TAXES AND OTHER TAXES, REVISING USES OF THE SCHOOL AID FUND, AND DEDICATING REVENUE FOR ROADS AND OTHER NON-ROAD PURPOSES.

The proposed constitutional amendment would:

_Increase maximum sales tax rate to 7% (now 6%).
_Eliminate and replace gasoline / diesel fuel from sales and use taxes.
_Dedicate portion of use tax to School Aid Fund (SAF).
_Allow use of SAF for public community colleges and career / technical education and prohibit use for higher education.
_Trigger 10 laws that include but not limited to:

o Increase sales / use tax rates to 7%;
o Increase motor fuel tax on gasoline / diesel fuel and annual vehicle registration fees, and fuel tax revenue for roads and other purposes;
o Require competitive bidding and warranties for road projects; and
o Increase earned income tax credit.

Should this proposal be adopted?
YES [ ]
NO [ ] “

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