Proposal 5 would halt Michigan’s economic recovery

Posted on September 12, 2012 by Dene Westbrook

Most are now aware that there will be six proposals on the November ballot, one more controversial than the other.  But none is probably quite as dangerous to Michigan’s economic recovery than Proposal 5.

This particular proposal would set in the constitution a requirement that a legislative vote on any tax increase must be approved by 2/3 of the House and Senate or through a vote of the people. Now, I’m no fool, on the surface that sounds like a great idea. But the fact is that this proposal is bad for Michigan residents, bad for Michigan businesses and undemocratic, allowing a small minority of legislators (13 out of 148) to stop legislation.

The League is part of a growing coalition urging the voting public to say no to Proposal 5. Below is fact sheet noting the many different impacts if it were to pass. Also, municipalities are beginning to adopt resolutions in opposition (below). 

For more information on Proposal 5, please visit our coalition website and start to talking to your friends and neighbors about its dangers and to vote no. 

Saline No on two thirds resolution.doc (277.00 kb)

White paper on superminority proposal.doc (33.50 kb)

Arnold Weinfeld is Director of Strategic Initiatives for the Michigan Municipal League. He can be reached at 517-908-0304 or by e-mail

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