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Our Ballot Committee was recently filed with the Michigan Secretary of State to oppose Proposal One. Proposal One will cost voters $2 billion with 40% of the monies going to projects other than roads.  The Committee is called the “Coalition Against Higher Taxes and Special Interest Deals.”  The coalition’s purpose is to inform voters how this $2 billion tax increase was created. When you include the $300 million to schools, $95 million to local government, $130 million to local bus, transit and rail agencies, and $260 million to establish the EITC, voters will be sending almost 40% of this proposal to projects not related to the roads. Proposal 1 is not a good solution, it’s a special interest, back room deal-making hodge-podge.

Michigan Roads are a long neglected problem but the ballot proposal is an incredibly poor response.

If approved by voters, it will cost Michigan taxpayers over $2 billion dollars – EVERY SINGLE YEAR…FOREVER!

The ballot proposal is a 17% increase in the state sales tax giving Michigan the 2nd highest state income tax in the country. This makes it more expensive to live, buy goods, and run or create a business in Michigan.

 

 

"Voters should not have to subsidize the special interest deals with higher taxes in order to fix our roads. Special interests were tacked on to this proposal to ensure passage, not because they were the right thing to do."

The road package transformed into a Christmas tree for special interests on December 19th

Special interest lobbyists held our roads hostage until they collected their “tolls” – over $700m dollars per year. A total of 10 bills and a Joint Resolution was required to satisfy all the additional spending IN ADDITION to addressing the roads. We shouldn’t be forced to increase the cost to fix our roads by $700 m dollars in order to fix them. We can do better.

The House version was “revenue neutral” – no tax increases. The Senate version was effectively a $1.2b tax increase. The “compromise” we got was a $2 billion dollar grab bag at the taxpayer expense. How does a “compromise” come out 58% higher than the highest proposal?

 

 

What other things happen if this passes…

Special interest lobbyists held our roads hostage until they collected their “tolls” – over $700m dollars per year. A total of 10 bills and a Joint Resolution was required to satisfy all the additional spending IN ADDITION to addressing the roads. We shouldn’t be forced to increase the cost to fix our roads by $700 m dollars in order to fix them. We can do better.

The House version was “revenue neutral” – no tax increases. The Senate version was effectively a $1.2b tax increase. The “compromise” we got was a $2 billion dollar grab bag at the taxpayer expense. How does a “compromise” come out 58% higher than the highest proposal?

 

 

This is what happens when legislators have 7 hours to review a bill.

Patrick Anderson already has uncovered $102 million in tax increases that were derived by poor wording in the ballot language. How many other unintended consequences will come up from passing this poorly worded initiative?

To view the Anderson Economic Group Study  –   Click Here

To view the Mackinac Center for Public Policy Analysis – Click Here

HOW CAN I HELP?

  • Sign The Petition

    Sign our petition and join thousands of others who oppose Proposal 1 in Michigan.

  • Get Informed

    Sign up on our Get Involved page to keep up to date on information regarding Proposal 1 and let us know how you’d like to help defeat the proposal.

  • Help Us Get The Word Out

    LIKE our Facebook page and SHARE it with others.  Let your coworkers, friends and family know you oppose the $2 billion tax hike called Proposal 1.

  • Mark Your Calendar

    Being against something is all well and good but you MUST make a point to get out and vote on May 5th, 2015.  Tell your coworkers, friends and loved ones to do the same.  May 5th, 2015.

  • Contact Your Legislator

    Once this proposal is defeated, the legislature will have the opportunity to come up with a much better solution to the problem of fixing the roads.   Let them know you OPPOSE Proposal 1 and want them to find a better way to fix the roads.

    Click HERE to find your State Representative.

    Click HERE to find your State Senator.

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