Vote NO on Michigan Ballot Proposal 5!

Because minority rule in the Legislature is just too extreme

Corporations owned by a single Detroit billionaire, Matty Moroun, are spending millions of dollars trying to buy Proposal 5, an extreme constitutional amendment on the Nov. 6 statewide ballot. Why would a Detroit billionaire bankroll Proposal 5, also known as the two-thirds ballot question?

Because if he permanently changes our state constitution with Michigan Ballot Proposal 5, he can control the state Legislature and forever protect tax breaks that benefit him.

Proposal 5 would make it all too easy for a billionaire and other special interests to control our Legislature. It would mean fewer Michigan citizens would have a say in their government.

Proposal 5 – the so-called two-thirds amendment — would create minority rule on tax policy in the state Legislature. If it passes, it would give super powers to a small minority of state senators. If voters fall for this scheme, just 13 senators would gain the power to block tax votes supported by the other 135 members of the Legislature.

Just 13 senators could block any attempt to close a tax loophole or a tax break that benefits special interests (like a billionaire), block any new tax, or block any tax increase that would be part of reforms that might include tax cuts too.

The results of minority rule? Bigger classes in your local schools, higher college tuition, police and firefighter layoffs, closure of state parks, even worse roads, crowded hospitals and higher local taxes. Minority rule would hurt Michigan’s ability to invest in the 21st century infrastructure it needs to compete in today’s global economy.

Because Proposal 5 is so extreme and would have so many unintended consequences, diverse groups from across Michigan are united in opposition: business and labor, Democrats and Republicans, Gov. Snyder, and many more.

VOTE NO on Proposal 5: Say NO to minority rule in the state Legislature

Billionaire Moroun and his small band of extremist supporters call Proposal 5 the “two-thirds movement” or “super-majority.” But it’s really a plot to institute “super-minority” rule in the Michigan Legislature. Here is how it would work:

  • Even if 135 members of the Legislature voted in favor of closing a tax loophole, ending a special interest tax break, creating a tax or raising a tax,
  • Just 13 senators could vote against it … and block it.

Imagine the power lobbyists and special interests (like a single billionaire) would have if just 13 legislators could block a policy supported by the other 135 members of the House and Senate.

How hard do you think it would be for a billionaire to control the votes of just 13 state senators?

Where in America does minority rule? In California — the poster child of dysfunctional state government. In Mississippi — the poorest state in the country. In Nevada — the state with the nation’s highest unemployment. States with super-minority requirements tend to be poorer, or have struggling economies and ongoing budget crises.