Michigan Lawmakers Face Recall If Taxes are Hiked

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Anti-tax activists on Monday began filing paperwork to recall state lawmakers who may vote for tax increases.

The targeted legislators include six representative and four senators, and another 20 lawmakers could be added to the list within two weeks, said Leon Drolet, a former Republican state representative and leader of the Michigan Taxpayers Alliance.

The House members are Speaker Andy Dillon, D-Redford; Marc Corriveau, D-Northville; Mary Valentine, D-Muskegon; Gino Polidori, D-Dearborn; Ed Gaffney, R-Grosse Pointe Farms and Richard Ball, R-Laingsburg.

The Senate members are Glenn Anderson, D-Westland; Dennis Olshove; D-Warren; Gerald Van Woerkom, R-Norton Shores and Valde Garcia, R-Howell.

Drolet said anti-tax organizers on Monday filed or intended to file with local clerks nine statements of organization setting up potential recall efforts, with another one against Garcia to come later this week. The moves will take care of paperwork so recall language can be proposed quickly if lawmakers vote to raise taxes, Drolet said.

State government is facing a potential $1.6 billion shortfall in the budget year that starts Oct. 1st.

Drolet said Democrats in vulnerable, swing seats and Republicans who vote for a tax increase could be targeted for recalls. He acknowledged, however, that it would be very difficult to collect enough signatures, 25 percent of the total votes in a district in the last gubernatorial election, in enough time to force recall elections early next year.

House Democrats have introduced a wide range of proposals, including raising the income tax and slapping a sales tax on some types of services, but they have not voted on any of the major proposals. Other revenue-raising ideas include a higher tax on liquor and higher fees on phone service.

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