Backlash against Michigan tax hikes may bring recalls, petition drive

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Higher taxes are sparking campaigns to repeal an income tax increase and sales tax on some services while punishing Governor Granholm and the lawmakers who backed the changes.

But it will be tough to recall legislators and get measures on the ballot asking voters to reject the tax changes.

Thousands of petition signatures are needed to do either.

Leon Drolet, leader of the Michigan Taxpayers Alliance, says the backlash against Monday's tax increases has been strong. He's gotten more than 1,000 e-mails from residents, many of them willing to circulate petitions to recall the governor and lawmakers.

Drolet expects to launch two to five legislative recalls soon but hasn't decided which lawmakers to target.

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