We oppose the ballot proposal to be decided by voters on May 5, “Proposal 1,” for
the following reasons:
WHEREAS, the May 5th, 2015 Statewide Ballot Proposal known as Proposal 1 would raise the sales tax in Michigan by 17% (making it the 2nd highest state sales tax in the nation), and
WHEREAS, there are alternative plans for road funding that do not raise taxes, including but not limited to those put forward by State Senator Patrick Colbeck, Representative Gary Glenn and our own Representative Todd Courser
WHEREAS, this committee believes passage of this proposal would negatively impact the
people of Michigan by;
- Voters being asked to enact this massive legislative package that implements 11
legislative acts that include policies that are in opposition to the Republican Party Platform.
- These laws include tax credits for low-income wage earners, affirmative action rules in certain state transportation contracting, funding for reading programs, and $102 million in new federal income tax liabilities for vehicle registration by changing annual registration fees so they no longer depreciate with the value of your vehicle, making them no longer federally tax-deductible.
- Certain policies are not mentioned in the language that appears on the ballot, such as the offensive affirmative action requirements in transportation contracting.
- It replaces retail gas taxes with a higher wholesale tax that is estimated to increase the price of gas by 10 cents per gallon and is tied to inflation to automatically increase in the future.
- The message being delivered to voters by Proposal 1’s proponents is that children may die unless the tax increases are approved. By their silence, and by offering no alternative, individual members of the state legislature endorse this message. We find this sort of political hostage-taking grossly immoral and detrimental to the Republican Party. It also sends the message to Michigan voters that the legislature has let the roads become death traps and cannot do its most fundamental job of protecting the citizens – and after many hard fought battles, it is now the Republican Party that is in charge.
THEREFORE, it is resolved, by a majority vote of the members of the Lapeer County Republican Executive Committee, to urge the citizens of Lapeer County to vote NO on Proposal 1, and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Lapeer County Republican Executive Committee directs
the Secretary to distribute a copy of this resolution to Governor Snyder, Michigan House Speaker Kevin Cotter, Michigan Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof and Michigan Republican Party Chairman Ronna Romney McDaniel in a timely manner.
Dated this 16th day of April, 2015
By Order of the Members of the Lapeer County Republican Executive Committee