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The Detroit Free Press published a poll about the proposed sales tax increase. Citizens will go to the polls on May 5, 2015 to decide whether or not they want to increase the Michigan sales tax by 16.7%. This initial poll indicates we have a good chance of defeating the Snyder Tax; however, there is work to do.

Excerpts from the Free Press article are shown below, along with our analysis and commentary. It is not too early to be informing your friends and neighbors about this ballot proposal. Absentee ballots will likely be mailed out in early April.

 

The EPIC-MRA poll of 600 likely voters found that 46% would vote "yes" on the proposal, which among other changes would raise $1.2 billion to fix road and $300 million to support K-12 schools, while 41% would vote “no."

(ROG analysis: This is the first poll conducted on the Snyder Tax. That support is under 50% is favorable sign. However, we need to help spread the word about why this tax increase is unwarranted.)

But after hearing details of the complex plan, the results gets flipped, with only 38% saying they would vote “yes" and 47% saying they would vote 'no." The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4 percentage points.

(ROG analysis: Here is evidence that the more people know the less they like the Snyder Tax. We need your help to inform the public if we are going to keep Governor Snyder from dipping into your wallet. Read our analysis and then share it with your friends. Once people understand that a large portion of this tax hike goes for non-road related spending they will likely vote NO. You need to remind people that Lansing needs to fix the roads, not increase welfare payments.

He noted that the 46-41 edge for a "yes" vote was extrapolated by including both those who were definite about how they would vote and those who were leaning one way or the other. When only those who were definite about how they would vote were included, the proposal trails 33-35, Porn said.

(ROG analysis: This indicates that people who haven’t made up their minds yet tend to favor the Snyder Tax. We need your help to influence the undecided.)

Read the entire Free Press article.


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Demand Accurate Prop 1 Ballot Language

Dear Election Officials and State Board of Canvassers,

I am writing to request that the title for Prop 1 and the specific ballot language for Prop 1 accurately reflect what Michigan citizens will be voting on when they cast their ballots on May 5, 2015.

I am proposing this as the title:

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