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The Solution

Proposal 1 Makes Michigan Strong and Safe


Michigan Citizens for Strong and Safe Communities is committed to eliminating the unfair double tax on small businesses – while providing more stable funding for local services, including essential services like police, fire, ambulances, schools, and jails along with senior services, roads, libraries and other important services in your community. Vote YES on Proposal 1 August 5!

For Local Communities

Stabilizing Services In Your Community

Proposal 1 creates a stable, reliable funding system for communities in Michigan to pay for police, fire, ambulances, jails, senior services, schools, libraries, roads and other community services.

Local Control Guarantees

Proposal 1 comes with two guarantees: 100 percent of the funding for local community services will be returned directly to your community for police, fire, senior services, ambulances, jails, schools, roads, libraries and other community services.

No More Playing Politics With Local Communities

100 percent of this dedicated funding for local community services is no longer subject to the uncertainty and instability of annual legislative appropriations or political gamesmanship in Lansing.

For Small Businesses

Gives small businesses a fighting chance

Proposal 1 ends the unfair double tax on small businesses to give them a fighting chance and help them create more jobs. It keeps in place the legislature’ work to end this unfair double tax on personal property.

No tax increase - for anybody!

Proposal 1 doesn’t raise tax rates. Instead, it is paid for by eliminating special corporate tax loopholes that the legislature has already voted to end, and by establishing a statewide Essential Services Assessment that is only paid for by manufacturers that receive a Personal Property Tax reduction.

Small businesses are already seeing benefits

Small businesses stopped paying the double tax on personal property effective January 2014. Manufacturing businesses, large and small, will see this antiquated uncompetitive tax phased out over time, beginning in 2016.

Proposal 1 will create jobs and boost investment in Michigan

The U.S. Small Business Administration found that nearly two-thirds of net new jobs over the past 15 years were created by small businesses. Personal Property Tax reform will free up money that can be used for job growth. Eliminating the Personal Property Tax will create up to 15,000 jobs and $450 million in additional investment.

Proposal 1 creates an environment for economic growth

Finally, Proposal 1 won’t increase taxes. Instead, it will create an environment that attracts employers to Michigan while ensuring important local services are protected with stable funding sources.

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