Calley Thought Prop 1 Would be Rallied Around and it Went on to Lose 80%-20%

 

Mackinac Island, MI — News reports state that Brian Calley is prepared in front of the largest annual statewide gathering of lobbyists, the Detroit Regional Chamber Conference, to make a major announcement possibly involving a potential ballot proposal. The Coalition Against Higher Taxes and Special Interest Deals reminds Michigan voters to be very wary of Brian Calley when it comes to ballot proposals, especially when they involve taxes and special interest groups.

It’s no coincidence Brian Calley is making an announcement at the Detroit Regional Chamber Conference. The Detroit Regional Chamber played a key role in Proposal 1, the disastrous proposal for the highest tax increase proposed to Michigan voters over the last 50 years and Brian Calley was one of the key leaders of that disastrous proposal that lost 80% to 20% on May 5, 2015.

In an interview recorded on February 1, 2015, Calley predicted about Proposal 1 “when the whole package is presented, I think it’s something people will really be able to rally around.” It went on to lose 80%-20% statewide on May 5, 2015.

Brian Calley has a history of supporting special interests and higher taxes. When it comes to statewide proposals, he says one thing and does another,” said Randall Thompson, President of Coalition Against Higher Taxes and Special Interest Deals. “Whether it’s about raising the sales tax or raising business taxes, Brian Calley has a history of standing on the side of special interests. We are very wary of any proposal that Brian Calley will be making.”

The Coalition Against Higher Taxes and Special Interest Deals supports a part-time legislature. It is concerned that the issue will be led by someone with a history of colluding with special interests.

We have been in talks with other conservative groups and leaders about potential petition efforts, including a part-time legislature. We would be much more comfortable if leaders who supported our last efforts to oppose higher taxes such as Paul Mitchell, Bill Schuette, or others would lead the effort for a part-time legislature rather than someone with Brian Calley’s history of supporting special interest deals,” stated Thompson. “We are committed to finding conservative leaders who can lead these reforms.”

The Coalition Against Higher Taxes and Special Interest Deals released 2 videos as reminder of past policy issues the Coalition Against Higher Taxes and Special Interests disagreed with Brian Calley on.

The first new video shows Brian Calley’s being interviewed in support of Proposal One, the May 5, 2015 ballot proposal which lost 80%-20% and was the largest proposed tax increase in Michigan over the last 50 years. In this interview, Calley says about Proposal 1, “when the whole package is presented, I think it’s something people will really be able to rally around.”

Calley thinks prop 1 will be rallied around – https://youtu.be/JSseDW1vnlI

The next video discusses the Michigan Business Tax where Brian Calley was a key supporter and creator of the Michigan Business Tax. “Brian Calley was for the Michigan Business Tax before He Was Against it.”

Brian Calley was for the MBT Before he Was Against It – https://youtu.be/m49tFedHgJA

In a video Brian Calley released earlier this month, Calley took credit for scrapping the Michigan Business Tax but failed to inform people his role in creating the Michigan Business Tax, including being the only Republican to be present and applaud the Michigan Business Tax’s signing by Governor Jennifer Granholm.

The Coalition Against Higher Taxes and Special Interests Deals was formed in 2015 to oppose Proposal 1, a $2 billion proposed tax increase that was the largest proposed tax increase in Michigan in the last 50 years. Through the conservative leadership of the Coalition Against Higher Taxes and Special Interest Deals, Proposal 1 was defeated 80%-20% on May 5, 2015. For more information go to saynotohighertaxes.org

 

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