(WLNS) – Proposition 1 is not black and white.
Reporter: “What is the biggest opposition to this?”
“Confusion and complexity. I mean people truly do not understand what’s in there,” said Roger Martin, Safe Roads “Yes”, Prop 1.
In fact those for and against it say the more than a 100-word proposal is too much to soak in.
“I think it’s way too much. If you look at past proposals over the past 30-40 years here in Michigan, the more complex they are, the more likely you are to get a no vote,” said Scott Hagerstrom, Coalition Against Higher Taxes and Special Interest Deals.
That confusion could be causing voters to say no.
According to an EPIC-MRA study, after hearing the context of the proposal in full, a whopping 70 percent of voters said they would vote no.
Advertisement: “Nobody likes paying more, but we’re voting yes for safer roads.”
EPIC-MRA’s Bernie Porn says these ads may have turned off voters. After seeing a simple message paired with a complex proposal.
“When you have this kind of movement against a proposal it would suggest that the ads may have been overreaching and they’re not believable,” said Bernie Porn, EPIC-MRA, pollster.
While the wording is dense, both sides want to make sure voters get the full picture.
“We have not raised Michigan sales tax in 21 years. The last time we did it Judd Heathcoat was the head basketball coach at MSU, Tom Izzo was not,” said Roger Martin, Safe Roads “Yes”, Prop 1.
“It’s also an increase in gasoline prices in 10 cents a gallon, it’s an increase in car registration fees every year and then they learn it’s not just about roads,” said Scott Hagerstrom, Coalition Against Higher Taxes and Special Interest Deals.
Time is ticking for the proposal, only five weeks left until voters hit the polls.