Michigan voters say ‘No’ to Proposal 1

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MICHIGAN -- Early election results show that voters in Michigan rejected Proposal 1 on Tuesday.

The proposal would have raised the state sales tax from six to seven percent, creating a new and higher gasoline tax.

Proposal 1 was widely rejected in initial election results across the state, including in West Michigan.  Kent, Kalamazoo, Montcalm, Berrien and Calhoun counties all had decisive 'No' votes on the tax increase.

“It’s essential that making Michigan’s infrastructure safer remains a top priority," Gov. Rick Snyder said in a statement.  "While voters didn’t support this particular proposal, we know they want action taken to maintain and improve our roads and bridges."

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12 comments

  • TheFoundingFathers

    These worthless ass politicians need to understand that the voters are wise to their bullshit. This would have passed easily if it didn’t contain all of their add on pork. But it did and the people new it. Next time I would suggest a bill that actually is about maintaining the roads!!!!!!

  • vincent henderson

    IF/WHEN a vote comes around for *JUST THE ROADS*…. my No becomes a EASY yes!. But…. a couple hundred Million for Mass Transit, Couple More for Earned Income Credit…. and all the assorted fillers? NOPE! Maybe the sales tax can be raised by a 1/2 a PERCENT…. or 2/3 and not a Full 1%. Just The Roads….. til’ then… NOPE.

    • Judith Bryant

      My sentiments exactly! A 1% sales tax increase is fine with me, ONLY if it ALL goes for Roads and Bridges. Far too many hands in the pot for my money with this proposal spread around for everything except roads along with legislators who didn’t want to do their jobs is why this failed. The money it cost for this election could have been better spent on the roads. Kudos to all the no voters for not being duped with another State sponsored scam.

  • Lucius Dark

    The solution is SO SIMPLE: Legalize marijuana. Colorado did it and made $700 million in 2014. If we passed a legal pot law and taxed it and put all the proceeds into the roads we would have better roads than California.

    • RET

      A dedicated tax for superstructure is needed. I’d much rather pay for that than the goughing prices with which the oil / gas companies are victimizing us.

  • Vada M. Hays

    Good! Voters are not stupid. We remember how the lottery was supposed to benefit education. Proposal One was a bait and switch, supposedly for roads, but actually an open-ended slush fund.
    They should do something about these huge trucks tearing up the shoddy “repairs”.