As the most important vote residents will cast in Michigan this year, Proposal 1 will shape the future of Michigan's roads and finances, pass or fail. To help voters better understand both sides of the issue, WWJ Newsradio 950 will host an exclusive news special "Fix or Flat – A Proposal 1 Debate" on Tuesday, April 14 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
WWJ Newsradio 950 Midday anchor Jackie Paige will moderate the news special covering the pros and cons of the Proposal.
Representing the VOTE YES side of the Proposal will be:
- Brad Williams, Vice President of Government Relations for the Detroit Regional Chamber
- Gilda Jacobs, President & CEO, Michigan League for Public Policy
Participating on the VOTE NO side will be:
- Tom McMillin, Chairman of Concerned Taxpayers of Michigan and former state representative
- Paul Mitchell, head of the Coalition Against Higher Taxes and Special Interest Deals
THE FOLLOWING STATEWIDE BALLOT PROPOSAL WILL APPEAR ON THE MAY 5, 2015 SPECIAL ELECTION BALLOT PROPOSAL 15-1
A proposal to amend the State Constitution to increase the sales/use tax from 6% to 7% to replace and supplement reduced revenue to the School Aid Fund and local units of government caused by the elimination of the sales/use tax on gasoline and diesel fuel for vehicles operating on public roads, and to give effect to laws that provide additional money for roads and other transportation purposes by increasing the gas tax and vehicle registration fees.
The proposed constitutional amendment would:
• Eliminate sales / use taxes on gasoline / diesel fuel for vehicles on public roads.
• Increase portion of use tax dedicated to School Aid Fund (SAF).
• Expand use of SAF to community colleges and career / technical education, and
prohibit use for 4-year colleges / universities.
• Give effect to laws, including those that:
o Increase sales / use tax to 7%, as authorized by constitutional
o Increase gasoline / diesel fuel tax and adjust annually for inflation,
increase vehicle registration fees, and dedicate revenue for roads and
other transportation purposes.
o Expand competitive bidding and warranties for road projects.
o Increase earned income tax credit.
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