When the State Board of Canvassers voted to approve the ballot language for Proposition 1, Wes Nakagiri was there to voice his concerns on behalf of Michigan Taxpayers. Below is the Livingston Daily’s coverage of the hearing. Note: This story ran just prior to the scheduled hearing.
Written by Wayne Peal, Livingston Daily
A public hearing today in Lansing will help finalize wording on Proposal 1 for the May 5 election.
But a local activist is calling on the state to make all wording related to the proposed state sales tax increase available to voters at the polls.
Wes Nakagiri of RetakeOurGov said all legislative resolutions and bills related to Proposal 1 should be available for voters to view at all polling places.
"People need to know what they are actually voting on," Nakagiri said.
"There are 64 pages related to this proposal. How they are going to get that down into a 100 or so words without being biased is a concern."
Former state representative Tom McMillan, who ran in last year's 8th District U.S. House primary, has also called for ballot wording telling voters about each of the 10 laws that will go into effect should Proposal 1 pass.
Nakagiri said he would to attend the hearing, set for 3:30 p.m. before the state Bureau of Canvassers.
The bureau will decide between seven wording proposals, including one proposed by the Safe Roads Yes Committee and one by McMillin and favored by Nakagiri.
RetakeOurGov, a Tea Party organization based in Hartland Township, has been critical of the proposal, which would increase the state sales tax from 6 to 7 percent. It would also remove the state sales tax on fuel sales, while directing fuel taxes exclusively to roads.
While the proposal would provide an estimated $1.2 billion for road repairs, Nakagiri criticized it for also including money for other activities.
Proposal 1 would also provide $300 million for public schools, $100 million for mass transit and $95 million for local governments, in part to make up for losses in eliminating the sales tax on fuel.
The hearing is open to the public and set for room 426 of the State Capitol.