LANSING, Mich. (AP) – The campaign to coax voters to raises taxes for road repairs is intensifying, with proponents utilizing TV ads and emergency responders to warn that Michigan’s roads are unsafe.
The push comes as absentee ballots start going out for the May 5 election.
Supporters still face built-in resistance to tax increases, an intricately worded proposal and public distrust with the Legislature, but they have financial and other advantages.
The strategy includes running ads showing dangerous road conditions and noting there’s no viable Plan B to fix roads.
The “no” side isn’t disputing the need to spend more to keep the transportation network up to par. Its primary message is that legislators overstepped by also making Proposal 1 about funding schools, local governments and a tax break for low-wage earners.