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Study Asks MI Citizens What Tax Increase They Support


LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - Researchers asked 1,000 citizens what kind of tax increases they would support and the vast majority said, as long as somebody else pays for them, we would support the following:

  1. Polluters Pay--83%
  2. Tax Drinkers, Smokers Gamblers--65%
  3. Tax Taking Resources-65%
  4. Sales Tax 49%-47%
  5. Local Tax-31%

As for the governor's efforts to somehow raise money for the roads, the polling results suggest the governor needs to target those who are "abusing the roads."

"They want people who abuse and use the roads. Let's tax those who are polluting the most and then you get support from those who like good roads," said John Austin, researcher.

Republicans in the legislature have argued for years that if you cut taxes, the state's economy will grow, but the research suggests a majority believe government should invest in services and tax cuts won't work.

"Only 29 percent said that is the way to create jobs. 64 percent said invest in education and in our communities and our great outdoors. That creates a state where people dont want to leave," said Austin.

When asked to list the most urgent issues the state needs to fix now, a vast majority listed education and crime, but 40 percent said fixing the roads and our cities should come first.

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