Proposal 1 Supporters Raise Nearly $5.5 Million In 2 Months

LANSING, MI (AP) – A group leading the campaign in favor of a sales tax increase for Michigan roads has raised more than $5 million in the past two months, far more than opponents.

A report filed Friday shows much of the money came from the construction industry. The Safe Roads Yes! Committee so far has raised nearly $8 million.

The group has put out several TV ads urging voters to increase Michigan’s 6 percent sales tax to 7 percent. The increase would raise an additional $1.2 billion per year for roads. The special election is May 5.

Retired Saginaw-area businessman Paul Mitchell put more than $420,000 into his anti-Proposal 1 group, Coalition Against Higher Taxes and Special Interest Deals.

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