No New Taxes

7 Reasons to Vote “NO” on the May 5 Tax Hike Proposal

  1. We can’t afford even higher taxes. Michigan residents already pay among the highest gas taxes in the country, and most of that money isn’t even spent on roads. We pay a 4.25% state income tax where other states have no income tax. The ballot proposal would raise the Michigan sales tax to 7%, which would make it the 2nd highest state sales tax in the nation. The proposal would raise taxes about $200 per year for every man, woman, and child in Michigan. $800 for a family of four.
  2. It doesn’t solve the budget problem. Lawmakers increased Michigan’s state budget by $4.7 billion in just the last four years. The sales tax hike is only projected to take in $2 billion. Raising the sales tax only pays for part of the growth of government! The problem is too much new spending, not too little taxes. If voters approve these tax increases, soon enough we’ll be asked for even more.
  3. We can fix our roads and fund our schools without raising taxes. The state House passed a plan last December that would have increased public school funding $2.5 billion over the next eight years and added about $1 billion in road funding each year – with no net tax increase.
  4. Half of the new tax money isn’t even for roads. The proposal’s backers insist Michigan’s roads need to be fixed, but only half of the new tax money would be spent on roads. The rest goes to various special interests that benefit from the new tax money. (Source:
  5. Raising prices makes Michigan less competitive. Raising the sales tax effectively makes all goods more expensive: we all inevitably have less money to spend and save. Essentially, it increases the cost of living in Michigan – people need to earn more to live here – and this affects costs at all stages of production, distribution, sales, and service. Higher taxes hurt us all.
  6. The proposal misleads voters and does a lot more than tax and spend. The proposal passes ten laws and a constitutional amendment, with language totaling over 46,000 words: a novel’s worth of legalese. These laws include tax credits for low-income wage earners, affirmative action rules in certain state transportation contracting, funding for reading programs, $102 million in new federal income tax liabilities for vehicle registration, and much, much more not reported on the ballot to voters.
  7. Make Lansing do its job. It’s wrong for lawmakers to punt to voters a 46 thousand-word legislative package, kicking off a massive political battle and costing us a $10 million election, because lawmakers couldn’t agree on a solution to fund roads. Road funding should be a normal, ordinary, completely standard aspect of budget negotiations.

Vote “NO” to tax hikes on May 5th

because Michigan is TAXED ENOUGH ALREADY!

Paid for by Concerned Taxpayers of Michigan, PO Box 211, Milan MI 48160.