State Proposal Asks Voters if Tax Hikes Should Require Supermajority Vote
Proposal 5 will ask voters to amend the state constitution to limit the enactment of new taxes by state government.
Michigan's Proposal 5 on the Nov. 6 ballot would require state tax increases be approved by either a two-thirds majority in the Michigan Legislature or by a statewide vote.
The proposal applies to new taxes, attempts to expand the tax base or attempts to increase the rate of tax. Michigan currently has a supermajority requirement to raise property taxes.
Michigan has 110 members of the House of Representatives and 38 members of the Senate, which means 37 House members and 13 Senators could block a tax increase.
The following language for proposal 12-5 will appear on the Nov. 6 ballot:
This proposal would:
Require a two-thirds 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 or No)