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The '''Michigan Taxation Amendment''' is on the [[Michigan 2012 ballot measures|November 6, 2012]] statewide ballot in [[Michigan]] as an {{icafull}}.  If enacted this measure would require that increases in state taxes must be approved by either a 2/3 majority in the Legislature or by a statewide vote.  The measure was sponsored by Michigan Alliance for Prosperity.<ref>[http://www.michigan.gov/documents/sos/Bal_Prop_Status_2011_2_346859_7.pdf Initiative and Referendum Petitions] from the Secretary of State (as of May 9, 2012)</ref>
 
The '''Michigan Taxation Amendment''' is on the [[Michigan 2012 ballot measures|November 6, 2012]] statewide ballot in [[Michigan]] as an {{icafull}}.  If enacted this measure would require that increases in state taxes must be approved by either a 2/3 majority in the Legislature or by a statewide vote.  The measure was sponsored by Michigan Alliance for Prosperity.<ref>[http://www.michigan.gov/documents/sos/Bal_Prop_Status_2011_2_346859_7.pdf Initiative and Referendum Petitions] from the Secretary of State (as of May 9, 2012)</ref>
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==Election results==
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''LIVE election results will be posted when polls close on November 6, 2012 and when numbers start to roll in.''
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==Text of measure==
 
==Text of measure==

Revision as of 11:36, 30 October 2012

Taxation Amendment
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Type:Constitutional amendment
Constitution:Michigan Constitution
Referred by:Citizens
Topic:Taxes on the ballot
Status:On the ballot

The Michigan Taxation Amendment is on the November 6, 2012 statewide ballot in Michigan as an initiated constitutional amendment. If enacted this measure would require that increases in state taxes must be approved by either a 2/3 majority in the Legislature or by a statewide vote. The measure was sponsored by Michigan Alliance for Prosperity.[1]

Election results

See also: 2012 ballot measure election results

LIVE election results will be posted when polls close on November 6, 2012 and when numbers start to roll in.

Michigan Proposal 5
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Text of measure

The official ballot text reads as follows:[2]

PROPOSAL 12-5

A PROPOSAL TO AMEND THE STATE CONSTITUTION TO LIMIT THE ENACTMENT OF NEW TAXES BY STATE GOVERNMENT

This proposal would:

Require a 2/3 majority vote of the State House and the State Senate, or a statewide vote of the people at a November election, in order for the State of Michigan to impose new or additional taxes on taxpayers or expand the base of taxation or increasing the rate of taxation.

This section shall in no way be construed to limit or modify tax limitations otherwise created in this Constitution.

Should this proposal be approved?
YES __
NO ____

Support

Arguments

  • In a guest column for MLive.com, Lana Theis argued in favor of the measure saying, "This [Proposal 5] gives lawmakers and special interest groups the chance to make their case to the taxpayers who ultimately foot the bill on the necessity of the tax increase over some other type of solution or reform."[4]

Campaign contributions

In Michigan campaign finance information related to ballot measures is organized by ballot question committees. The following data was obtained from the state Campaign Finance Committee:

Committee info:

Committee Amount raised Amount spent
Michigan Alliance for Prosperity $1,886,000.00 $1,852,961.84[5]
Total $1,886,000.00 $1,852,961.84

Opposition

Opponents

Arguments

  • In a press release published in September 2012, Gov. Snyder said, "What's does this proposal mean for you and me? It means that special interest groups and even a small group of lawmakers could stop our ability to make the necessary policy changes we need in Michigan. It means that it would be more difficult for us to pay for our schools, fix our roads, or make sure that our law enforcement officers have the tools they need to protect us. Also, it will be viewed as negatively by bond ratings agencies which could raise our interest costs and make us look less attractive to job creators."[7]

Path to the ballot

See also: Michigan signature requirements

In order to place the measure on the November 2012 ballot supporters were required to collect a minimum of 322,609 valid signatures by July 9, 2012.

Following a stalemate vote in the Board of State Canvassers, the measure was taken to the Michigan Supreme Court where it was certified for the ballot.[8]

See also

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