Supermajority group submits 613,000 signatures

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

A group that wants to change the Michigan Constitution to require a supermajority vote to raise taxes has turned in its petition signatures.

The Michigan Alliance for Prosperity President Lana Theis says the group submitted more than 613,000 signatures to the secretary of state's office Monday, just hours before the 5 p.m. deadline. The measure needs 322,609 valid signatures to make the Nov. 6 ballot.

Theis says requiring a two-thirds legislative vote to raise state taxes rather than a simple majority is good because it "will require agreement on both sides" of the aisle.

The executive director of the liberal group Progress Michigan calls the measure an "extreme Tea Party proposal."

Zack Pohl says it "would hamstring future legislatures and force drastic cuts" to education, roads, and public safety.

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