Introduced by Rep. Joseph Haveman R-Holland 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.
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-West Olive 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