Lansing MI – The Executive Committee of the Libertarian Party of Miichigan has issued the following statement in opposition to the state’s ballot question, the Michigan “Sales Tax Increase for Transportation” Amendment, aka Proposal 1 (May 2015):
Whereas, the Michigan Libertarian Platform states “The legislature should find more voluntary means of supporting state services” and the sales tax is not a voluntary means, but a regressive tax on the poor, and;
Whereas, the National Libertarian Platform states “All persons are entitled to keep the fruits of their labor”, and the change in sales tax will not result in Michiganders keeping any more than they did before, and;
Whereas, the Michigan Libertarian Platform states “We advocate a sunset law requiring an automatic end to…taxes, and expenditures within ten years if not re-authorized” and neither the actual amendment nor any laws linked to proposal one include such a sunset clause, and;
Whereas, the state legislature in the last hours of the 2014 session passed numerous bills that make it nearly impossible for the average citizen to really know for certain what specifically will change, asking voters to “vote for it to find out what is in it”, then,
Be it resolved, that the executive committee of the Libertarian Party of Michigan encourages all members of the Libertarian Party as well as all other Michiganders, to vote No on Proposal 1 during the special election on May 5.
The Libertarian Party founded in 1971, is the third-largest political party in America. It is the only political party consistently calling for smaller government, lower taxes, and individual rights.
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