MLive probes a decision facing the Bureau of Elections and the Board of State Canvassers: Coming up with a 100-word description of the May 5 ballot proposal.
Fun fact: Whenever a statewide proposal is to appear on the ballot, the Bureau of Elections crowdsources language (or at least officially they do). The Bureau of Elections then comes up with proposed language, publishes it online, opens it up for public comment, then submits the proposal to the state Board of Canvassers, which must ratify the language.
Here's the proposed language as of February 21:
A PROPOSAL TO AMEND THE STATE CONSTITUTION TO INCREASE THE MAXIMUM SALES TAX RATE FROM 6% TO 7%, ELIMINATE SALES AND USE TAXES ON GASOLINE AND DIESEL FUEL, DEDICATE A PORTION OF USE TAX REVENUE TO THE SCHOOL AID FUND, REVISE PERMISSIBLE USES OF THE SCHOOL AID FUND, AND TRIGGER OTHER LAWS THAT INCLUDE DEDICATING REVENUE FOR ROADS AND OTHER TRANSPORTATION PURPOSES. The proposed constitutional amendment would:
Should this proposal be adopted?
- Set maximum sales tax rate at 7% (now 6%).
- Exempt gasoline / diesel fuel from sales and use taxes.
- Dedicate portion of use tax to School Aid Fund (SAF).
- Allow use of SAF for public community colleges and career / technical education and prohibit use for higher education.
- Trigger laws that include but not limited to:
- Increase sales / use tax rates to 7%;
- Increase motor fuel tax on gasoline / diesel fuel and vehicle registration fees, and dedicate revenue for roads and other transportation purposes;
- Require competitive bidding and warranties for road projects; and
- Increase earned income tax credit.