Snyder breathes a little easier with the failure of Prop 5
By Tim Skubick FOX 2 Political Analyst
LANSING, Mich. (WJBK) -- Gov. Rick Snyder can thank his lucky stars that Proposal 5 did not stand alone on election day. It would have passed.
In case your memory is a little hazy, Prop 5 was the super-majority let's-make-it-darn-near-impossible-to -pass-any-tax-hikes amendment. It was one of four constitutional amendments staring the voters in the eyes.
All the special interest groups at the state government trough and other good government types, combined forces to denounce this thing as minority rule and just bad government. And give them some credit for rallying their troops to vote no.
But this puppy had mass curb side appeal. After all who wants another tax increase and here was a chance to impose a two-thirds vote on the process to prevent it. Pundits thought this was a slam dunk, despite the organized opposition. Plus with all of official Lansing whacking at it, the little guy at home concluded, "If they are against it, I should be for it."
Now some will tell you that voters figured this out that it would tie the hands of lawmakers. Come on. Like voters give a hoot about making it tougher for lawmakers to do their job. Just look at the polling numbers on the public admiration for the state legislature. It's lower than the "admiration" for journalists…which is saying something.
No, here's the real reason this went down. It was one of five constitutional amendments and the voters didn't like any of them, so, as the commercial suggested, without doing a lot of homework, they just voted no on every one. If it had been the only thing on the ballot. It's in.
Nonetheless it was a defeat for the anti-government and anti-tax crowd led by guru Grover Norquest who has made a career of shoving his no-tax pledge under the nose of any conservative politician who wants to get elected.
But did this vote put a dent in that anti-tax movement?
Grover-man ain't going away.
And as for the governor, who dodged the bullet on Prop 5, his infrastructure repair plans to raise revenue next year, in the legislature, will be easier. Prop 5 passing would have meant almost certain defeat. The governor is going, man that was close.