Introduced by Rep. Joseph Haveman (R) on December 18, 2014 To place before voters in a May 5, 2015 election a constitutional amendment that would increase the state sales tax from 6 percent to 7 percent. The proposal would also prohibit using money earmarked to the state School Aid Fund to support state universities, and earmark a specified portion of the state Use Tax to this fund. If voters do not approve the ballot measure then a large fuel tax increase (House Bill 5477) and several related measures would not go into effect. The complete package represents a net tax increase of $1.945 billion, of which $1.2 billion would go to road projects. Official Text and Analysis.
Failed 25 to 13 in the Senate on December 19, 2014. See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No". To place before voters in a May 5, 2015 election a constitutional amendment that would increase the state sales tax from 6 percent to 7 percent. The measure eventually attained the two-thirds majority required to place a constitutional amendment on the ballot when majority Republicans agreed to pass several unrelated Democratic votes.
Moved to reconsider by Sen. Arlan Meekhof (R) on December 19, 2014 The vote by which the joint resolution was not adopted.
The motion passed by voice vote in the Senate on December 19, 2014