America's favorite pasttime could become one of Michigan's favorite revenue makers; baseball games are part of a laundry list of events and items the Governor wants to tax to help fill the budget hole.
Lugnuts General Manager Pat Day says the idea is anything but a homerun.
"We work hard to provide affordable family entertainment for everyone in the area; to put another crimp in the family budget is not something we're in favor of," Day says.
He says an $8 ticket to the park would jump nearly 50 cents. Two extra quarters-- for nine innings-- Day says is too much.
"They [families] are taxed on food items already," he says. "I don't think family-affordable entertainment needs to be taxed."
It's not just sports events.
Any live entertainment, like Lansing's Common Ground festival each summer, would see a 6 percent sales tax under the Governor's plan, bringing in a projected $87 million next year.
Also on the list: increasing the cigarette tax 25 cents and adding a penny tax to bottles of water.
East Lansing 7-11 owner Lisa Foss worries people will stop buying.
"Ask a student what a penny means. Ask anyone living paycheck to paycheck. Every penny counts," she says.
That's what the Governor is banking on, at least; those pennies on water would add up to nearly $18 million in revenue. The 25 cents on smokes would bring in $54 million a year.
Some experts concede there needs to be new revenue to save our state; but the "not-in-my-ballpark" stance will follow.
The Governor also wants to tax items in vending machines. Movies are not included in her plan.