'Supermajority' proposal pumps up super debate

By SILU GUO
Capital News Service
LANSING – It would be tougher for lawmakers to raise or alter the mix of state taxes if Michigan joins a minority of other states in requiring approved by a legislative “supermajority” to approve. A November ballot issue would require a two-thirds vote in the Legislature or a statewide vote to approve additional taxes. Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard said the “supermajority” proposal will force a higher level of consensus among lawmakers before raising taxes. He is honorary chair of the Michigan Alliance for Prosperity, a coalition that supports Proposal 5. “They need to make decisions to raise taxes after they have done everything else possible first,” Bouchard said.