Saginaw, MI, April 05, 2015 --(PR.com
)-- At the Saginaw County Republican Party Executive Committee meeting of January 21, 2015, the Party passed a resolution urging the citizens of Saginaw County and the State of Michigan to register a No vote on Proposal 15-1 at the May 5, 2015 election. This was the first in what has proven to be a growing list of Republican organizations to oppose the Proposal to amend the Michigan Constitution.
County Republican Parties and Republican Congressional District organizations from across Michigan are lining up against the Proposal for a variety of reasons. Saginaw County Republican Party Executive Committee Chair, Amy Carl, notes that the reasons include: general opposition to tax increases, the bulk of the increase in sales tax revenue in the first year is earmarked to pay off previous debts and will have no immediate affect on road funding, the sales taxes are not actually earmarked for road purposes and therefore can be spent for any other purposes at any time by simple legislative votes, and the proposal language hides its intents because it does not detail the actual changes to various state laws that will occur automatically if the proposal is passed.
Additionally, the Michigan House of Representatives passed a bill during 2014 that would have raised the same amount of money for roads as the current Proposal claims to, without raising taxes at all. This is proof that the legislators can prioritize Michigan's existing funds. The Michigan Senate failed to follow through on that bill, but many of those Senators have been term limited out of office and the new Senate should have a chance to come up with a plan for road funding.
The list of Republican organizations and elected officials announcing opposition to the Proposal to amend the Michigan Constitution at this writing are:
Saginaw County Republican Party - January 21st
Antrim County Republican Party - February 5th
Grand Traverse County Republican Party - February 5th
Washtenaw County Republican Party - February 12th
Emmett County Republican Party - February 19th
Ronna Romney McDaniel - Michigan Republican Party Chair - February 20th
Norm Hughes, candidate for Michigan Republican Party Chair - February 20th
Kim Shmina, candidate for Michigan Republican Party Chair - February 20th
Bill Schuette - Michigan Attorney General - March 4th
Macomb County Republican Party - March 9th
12th Congressional District Republican Committee - March 10th
Lake County Republican Party – March 16th
13th Congressional District Republican Committee - March 17th
Gratiot County Republican Party – March 18th
5th Congressional District Republican Committee - March 19th
7th Congressional District Republican Committee – March 24th
Tuscola County Republican Party – March 25th
Also, in a news conference on February 5th, Michigan House Speaker Kevin Cotter stated the Republican Party legislators' caucus would not endorse the sales tax hike. This is likely because many newly elected Republican legislators have publicly opposed the measure. Some have already introduced bills to fund road improvements by alternate means should Proposal 1 fail.
The Saginaw County Republican Party’s Resolution follows:
"A Resolution of opposition to the proposed Constitutional amendment to raise the sales tax rate, end the sales and use tax on gasoline and diesel and dedicate revenue for school aid.
"Whereas, this amendment is proposed as part of a package of bills to address additional funding for the repair of roads, streets, and bridges in the State of Michigan and,
"Whereas, the sales tax currently provides no revenue for these purposes and the proposed increase will not provide funds for these purposes and,
"Whereas, the bulk of the increase in sales tax revenue will accrue to the State's General Fund for general purposes and have no immediate affect on funding for these purposes, now, therefore be it
"Resolved, that the Saginaw County Republican Party declares its opposition to the Amendment as proposed and recommends to the voters and citizens of Saginaw County and the State of Michigan that a NO vote be registered at the May 5th, 2015 election."
Contact: Amy Carl, Executive Committee Chair