Michigan voters overwhelmingly oppose an effort to expand the state sales tax to services and instead want their political leaders to balance the state's budget by cutting spending, according to a new poll released today by the Michigan Chamber of Commerce and the Michigan Association of REALTORS®.
The poll found 75 percent of likely voters oppose the proposal put forward by Gov. Jennifer Granholm and House Speaker Andy Dillon to lower the sales tax rate from 6 percent to 5.5 percent and expand the tax to most consumer services. Only 21 percent support such a tax increase.
The state faces a $1.7 billion budget shortfall for the upcoming fiscal year, which starts Oct. 1.
The proposal would result in a new tax on services such as haircuts, child care, dry cleaning, auto repairs, tax preparation and retirement planning services.
Voters universally reject the service tax plan, regardless of their political affiliation. Seventy-seven percent of Republicans and 74 percent of independents oppose such a service tax. Even 60 percent of Democrats oppose the governor's plan.
The survey of 600 likely voters was conducted April 21-22 by Public Opinion Strategies of Alexandria, Va.