Vote NO on Michigan Prop 5 to stop short-sighted, anti-tax zealots from strangling our state budget

Do NOT let the tea party and Mackinac Center assume control

Fourth in a series on the ballot proposals on Michigan’s November 6, 2012 ballot. Read them all HERE.

Of all of the proposals on Michigan’s 2012 ballot, Prop 5 is probably the most insidious. Carefully cloaked in simple language, it appears benign. All they are asking for, say proponents, is a simple two-thirds majority vote in both the State House AND the State Senate on any tax increases. Seems pretty straightforward.

It’s not. If Prop 5 passes, it will ensure that Michigan never sees a revenue increase again. Period. No arguing here. Because, seriously, people, when did 2/3 of both chambers of the State Legislature EVER agree on anything? It means that this state will be stuck at the level of revenue it has now. And it’s worth reminding you that the Michigan Republicans just enacted a massive $2 billion a year tax break for corporations and businesses that is hamstringing our government, has reduced funding to our schools, and has raised taxes on middle class Michiganders and seniors.

When you look at who is promoting Prop 5 — tea party groups across the state, Americans for Prosperity, The Mackinac Center, etc. — it becomes quite obvious that this is just another attempt to impose their draconian “Government small enough to drown in a bathtub”, Grover Norquist vision of government.

What will likely happen is that anything that needs to happen to this state will have to be done by ballot referendum. This is what has happened in California and it has all but destroyed that state financially.

There’s one final point and perhaps the most compelling reason to vote against the hideous proposal: If it is passed, it will give well-funded Big Business lobbyists extreme power. How? Think about it. If you you need 2/3 of all lawmakers to pass the tax increase, a small group (1/3) now has all of the power. In Michigan, that’s a mere 13 Senators! Instead of convincing a majority — 50% plus 1 — to support them, now all they have to do is convince 1/3 of them to do so and their tax breaks and tax loopholes will be safe forever. All they have to do is to spread a little money around to the 1/3 they want on their side.

Do not let the short-sighted, anti-tax, pro-Big Business conservatives put the final nail in the coffin of our state government.

VOTE NO ON PROPOSITION 5

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  • http://twitter.com/cjcrew58 Connie Crew

    A friend of mine heard from his UAW president that to vote “No” on this proposal you need to actually vote “Yes”.

    • http://eclectablog.com Eclectablog

      That is completely incorrect. A NO vote keeps it from becoming the law of the land.

    • http://digg.com/users/OmegaWolf Silver Fang

      I’m totally confused. How can a no vote be a yes vote?

      • http://eclectablog.com Eclectablog

        This Proposal requires a NO vote to stop the requirement for a super majority on tax increases.
        Prop 1 requires a NO vote to prevent PA 4 from being reinstated.

  • LoveOnEarth

    Odd protests on this proposal. Snyder is against it, so is the Chamber of Commerce and many unions. YET, if the wording on this proposal was in our Constitution (like it is in 9 other states), Snyder inc could NOT have transferred the tax exemption FROM retiree pensions TO big business. Snyder Inc., could NOT have eliminated the Homestead property tax credit, the charitable donations credit and the child care credit for working families. Supporting this proposal would force these wage thefts out into the public BEFORE they became law. Think about this. Electablog has some explaining to do!

    • http://eclectablog.com Eclectablog

      Your argument is decidedly NOT compelling and I have already explained my position fully. We can accomplish your goals by electing Democrats.
      By the way, it’s “Eclectablog”, not “Electablog”.

      • LoveOnEarth

        Eclectablog says, “…And it’s worth reminding you that the Michigan Republicans just enacted a massive $2 billion a year tax break for corporations and businesses that is hamstringing our government, has reduced funding to our schools, and has raised taxes on middle class Michiganders and seniors”. No arguing that! They did it all with a 50 +1 majority. Why make it harder to raise taxes, therefore, EClectablog? Thats YOUR position?
        Sorry you aren’t compelled by my argument, but the REPUBLICANS are on your side, not mine.

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