Proposal 5--too good to be true

Proponents of Proposal 5 are trying to push a rosy story about their constitutional amendment, which would require a 2/3 supermajority of the House and the Senate or a statewide vote of the people in order to raise taxes.  While that would make it harder to raise taxes, it would also allow for a minority of lawmakers to block needed funding for schools and public safety, while protecting the latest round of corporate special interest tax breaks.

 Don’t be fooled!

 Proposal 5 is a dangerous proposition for Michigan’s economy. If voters approve Proposal 5, as few as 13 Senators could block legislation that every other legislator and the governor supported. This proposal puts total power in the hands of a few lawmakers and their corporate donors to protect their interests and block what the majority of Michigan wants and needs.

Only seven states have this provision in their constitutions. Mississippi has it and it’s one of the poorest states in the country. Nevada has it and it has the country’s highest unemployment rate. California has it and it’s always missing its constitutional deadline to balance the state budget.

And if voters approve Proposal 5 here in Michigan, we’re in for a future of more partisan politics, locked in tax cuts for corporate CEOs, and more cuts to education, health care, public safety and other necessary services.           

Financially, Proposal 5 would block any attempt to modernize th