Tax hike opponents outspent 17-1
(Americans for Tax Reform) – Michigan voters overwhelmingly rejected a sales and gas tax increase on Tuesday, defeating Prop. 1 by an 80 – 20 margin. The coalition of spending interests pushing the tax increase outspent their opponents 17 – 1 yet still suffered a historic defeat.
Proponents, including Republican Gov. Rick Snyder, sold the tax hike measure as a means of funding “roads and bridges.”
“The tax and spenders and their advocates in the media thought they had finally found the secret sauce: hold highway spending hostage to higher taxes,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. “The verdict is now in from Michigan. A big No.”
According to Gongwer News Service, the abysmal support for the tax hike is the “lowest percentage of the vote for a constitutional amendment since the adoption of the 1963 Constitution.”
The latest available numbers from the Secretary of State’s office show a vote breakdown as follows:
According to public filings, pro-tax hike forces raised $9,049,010 while tax hike opponents raised $519,138.
The original version of this article was published at ATR’s website.
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