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:
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.
I am proposing this as the ballot language:
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.
Further, all poll workers shall be required to provide voters with a copy of HJR UU and Public Acts 467 through 476 of 2014 for their review. It would be nothing less than election fraud if voters were not able to review the bills on which they are voting. I expect our lawmakers to read all bills before voting on them. Since lawmakers have delegated their duties to voters for the purposes of voting on Prop 1, I expect printed copies of the legislation to be made available to the voters (lawmakers).