Members urged to take action against Proposal 5

Posted on October 7, 2012 by Dene Westbrook

As one of many groups opposed to Proposal 5, the League is urging members to take a stand and speak out locally to urge a no vote on Proposal 5 this November.

Proposal 5 would require a two-thirds vote of the both the Michigan House and Senate, or a statewide public vote, in order to raise taxes. Since that’s never happened and nearly every tax reform as included tax cuts as well as increases, this proposal would put veto power in the hands of 13 state senators out of a total of 148 legislators. This has far reaching implications on the local level.

Proposal 5 is sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform and funded exclusively to date by Matty Maroun, owner of the Ambassador Bridge. Mr. Maroun is also responsible for Proposal 6, which would require a statewide vote prior to the building of any international bridge.

The League is a member of “Defend Michigan Democracy”. Our communications toolkit contains many different items including talking points, sample resolutions and suggested letter to editors. Please do all you can to talk to residents and take a stand.

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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