Proposal 5 asks Michigan voters to decide how state taxes will be imposed

Michigan ballot proposal would require 2/3 majority vote to impose new, additional taxes

Published On: Oct 22 2012 05:57:19 PM EDT   Updated On: Oct 22 2012 06:25:18 PM EDT
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DETROIT -

Supporters and opponents of Michigan's Proposal 5 are taking their message to voters.

Proposal 5 is not the subject of as much media advertising as many of the other ballot proposals. Many voters are unfamiliar with what Proposal 5 is calling for.

Proposal 5's wording spells it out.

"This proposal would: require a 2/3 majority of the State House and 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." the proposal reads.

Supporters of the proposal are getting funding from Matty Moroun, owner of the Ambassador Bridge, who is backing Proposal 6, which would require a statewide vote for a new international bridge.

Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard proposed such a plan when he serve in the legislature, to thwart a planned gasoline tax hike.

 "I believe that this should be the last resort and not the first resort in tough times: to raise taxes. And everyone says it makes it impossible. It does not," Bouchard said.

Governor Rick Snyder said Matty Moroun's support for Proposal 5 should give everyone pause.

"But again, that shows a special interest is trying to buy something into the Michigan constitution. That's not a good answer." Snyder said,.

The most recent Local 4/Detroit News voter poll shows 43% of voters polled oppose Proposal 5 -- 38 percent currently favor it and 19 percent remain undecided.