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Proposal 5

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(10/16/12) - City leaders are making their case against Michigan ballot proposal five.

It would amend the state constitution to limit the enactment of new taxes by state government.

The proposal would require a two-thirds majority vote of both the house and Senate or statewide vote of the people to pass tax increases.

City leaders are not in favor of Proposal five - saying it threatens essential services.

But everyone doesn't feel that way.

City leaders are voting No on Proposal five in November. The president and CEO of St. Mary's Michigan says people who need healthcare could be in jeopardy if the proposal is passed.

It would create a dangerous form of super minority rule in the state legislature that will ultimately result in political gridlock and physical chaos," said John Graham.

Opponents also argue that law enforcement budgets will suffer if the proposal is passed.

"In the city of Saginaw, we have watched reductions on our police and fire services, if those continued It could jeopardize how we maintain our public safety services," said Phil Ludos, the assistant city manger for Public Safety in Saginaw.

Some are for Proposal 5.

"I like the fact that we have some say in raising taxes and it's not just done by a few people. They have passed taxes where it was only a small majority of the legislature that has passed it, this would at least give us a say in what taxes go up," said Marlene Sipert.

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