Opposition to Prop 5 coming from all sides

Gov. Snyder was the featured speaker at a Defend Michigan Democracy press conference today opposing Proposal 5, a constitutional amendment requiring a 2/3 supermajority to vote on any tax changes. Sen. Gretchen Whitmer (D-East Lansing) and Rich Studley, President and CEO of the Michigan Chamber of Conference, along with other Michigan business and community leaders spoke in opposition to the proposal.

Yesterday, Defend Michigan Democracy began a series of “VOTE NO on 5 Odd Couple” videos. The five videos will feature diverse groups of people agreeing that the proposal is a bad idea. Stephen Henderson and Nolan Finley, editorial page editors of the Detroit Free Press and Detroit News starred in the first video. Next week, Gov. Snyder and Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero will speak out against the proposal.

Proposal 5 is being funded and supported by one Michigan billionaire – Ambassador Bridge owner Matty Maroun – who bought petition signatures and is supported by Washington lobbyists and other extreme political supporters looking to control the Legislature. Their goal is to protect tax policies that benefit them at the expense of our future economy and taxpayers. There are too many times when partisan politics and extreme agendas have controlled legislative action here in Michigan. This proposal would make the situation worse. 

Proposal 5 is dangerous and way too extreme. It would give a small minority of lawmakers—as few as 13 senators—the power to control the state’s financial future. On the surface, the proposal sounds ideal—making it harder to increase taxes—but Proposal 5 would prevent the state from dealing with any financial emergencies. The current Legislature hasn’t seen fit to provide additional education funding, and Proposal 5 could prevent any future increases. We would continue to see class sizes increase, higher education becoming even more expensive and more layoffs.

MEA is one of many statewide organizations urging a NO vote on Proposal 5. Learn more at www.VoteNoOnProp5.com.