Now is your chance to contribute to the defeat of Prop 1, also known as Snyder’s Super High Increase in Taxes, by providing your feedback to the Michigan Bureau of Elections regarding the proposed language for the May 5th ballot proposal to raise your taxes by $2 billion.
Polling indicates that the more voters know about Prop 1, the more likely they are to vote no. With this in mind you need to provide your feedback to the Bureau of Elections demanding that the specific language used for Prop 1 is comprehensive and exhaustive. The wording selected by the Bureau of Elections must fully inform the voters as to what they are actually voting on. You have until 5:00 PM on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 to provide your input.
ROG recently wrote about Tom McMillin’s proposed title for Prop 1, along with his proposed ballot language. In a letter to the Bureau of Elections Mr. McMillin proposed the following title for Prop 1:
"A PROPOSAL TO AMEND THE STATE CONSTITUTION AND ACTIVATE TEN LAWS THAT WOULD RAISE THE STATE SALES TAX, REPLACE THE RETAIL GAS TAX WITH A WHOLESALE GAS TAX, RAISE AND CHANGE THE NATURE OF VEHICLE REGISTRATION TAXES, INCREASE THE EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT, DEDICATE CERTAIN TAX REVENUE FOR ROADS AND SCHOOLS, ALLOW COUNTIES TO REQUIRE ROAD COMMISSIONS CONTRACT FOR PROJECTS WITH COMPETITIVE BIDDING IN CERTAIN CONDITIONS, REQUIRE THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION TO GIVE EXTRA ASSISTANCE TO DISADVANTAGED BUSINESSES AND TAKE OTHER STEPS TO STEER MORE STATE-FUNDED ROAD WORK TO SUCH FIRMS, REQUIRE THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION TO DEVELOP A PERFORMANCE-BASED ROAD PROJECT RATING SYSTEM, AND REVISE ELIGIBLE SCHOOL AID USES."
Compare that to what the deceitful Lansing politicians proposed as a title:
" A PROPOSAL TO AMEND THE STATE CONSTITUTION TO ELIMINATE SALES AND USE TAXES ON GASOLINE AND DIESEL FUEL, ALLOW AN INCREASE IN THE SALES TAX RATE, DEDICATE REVENUE FOR SCHOOL AID, REVISE ELIGIBLE SCHOOL AID USES."
Our elected leaders would like a title and the associated ballot language which is intentionally vague. Why? They know that the less voters know about the specifics of Prop 1, the more likely they are to vote for it.
Last Friday the Bureau of Elections posted this proposed title and proposed language on their website.
A PROPOSAL TO AMEND THE STATE CONSTITUTION TO INCREASE THE MAXIMUM SALES TAX RATE FROM 6% TO 7%, ELIMINATE SALES AND USE TAXES ON GASOLINE AND DIESEL FUEL, DEDICATE A PORTION OF USE TAX REVENUE TO THE SCHOOL AID FUND, REVISE PERMISSIBLE USES OF THE SCHOOL AID FUND, AND TRIGGER OTHER LAWS THAT INCLUDE DEDICATING REVENUE FOR ROADS AND OTHER TRANSPORTATION PURPOSES.
Proposed Ballot Language:
The proposed constitutional amendment would:
Set maximum sales tax rate at 7% (now 6%).
Exempt 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 laws that include but not limited to:
Increase sales / use tax rates to 7%;
Increase motor fuel tax on gasoline / diesel fuel and vehicle registration fees, and dedicate revenue for roads and other transportation purposes;
Require competitive bidding and warranties for road projects; and
Increase earned income tax credit.
Should this proposal be adopted?
YES [ ]
NO [ ]
While better than the wording proposed by the spineless Lansing politicians, the Bureau of Elections proposed ballot title and language is far from adequate.
Here is the ballot language proposed by Tom McMillin:
"The proposed constitutional amendment and ten activated laws would:
Raise the state sales tax from 6% to 7%;
Replace present gas taxes with similar higher taxes;
Raise and make no longer federally tax-deductible vehicle registration taxes;
Earmark certain revenue for road and school funds;
Require the Department of Transportation give extra assistance to disadvantaged businesses and take steps to assist disadvantaged businesses with obtaining road contracts;
Encourage competitive bidding for road contracts in certain conditions;
Increase the Earned Income Tax Credit;
Require the Department of Transportation develop a performance-based road project rating system; and
Appropriate $40 million for reading programs."
In his letter to the Bureau of Elections, Tom stated: “This would, in 100 words, reasonably represent what the proposal will actually do in a manner understandable to voters.” ROG counted 91 words in Tom’s proposal. (Note: state law limits ballot language to 100 words or less).
If you want more information about Tom's proposal please read our previous article on this subject. Otherwise, here are the options as to how you can help:
You are welcome to draft your own title and ballot language and submit it, or
You can copy Tom’s title (above) and his 91 word proposal and send it to Lansing along with your comments that you support the language proposed by Tom McMillin.
Remember, the more voters know about Prop 1, the more likely they are to vote NO!
Send ROG a copy of your proposed ballot language and we’ll post it on our website.
*Special note to those residing in the 8th Congressional District and who are Republican Precinct Delegates. Norm Shinkle, the former Chair of the 8th Congressional District Republican Committee is on the State Board of Canvassers. As such, he is one of four people who will be voting on the title and ballot language proposed by the Bureau of Elections. ROG encourages you to contact Mr. Shinkle and urge him to support an informative title and ballot language proposed by Tom McMillin. Remind Mr. Shinkle that voters need to be able to make an informed choice.