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Voters reject raising stakes to hike Mich. taxes

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DETROIT (AP) -- Michigan voters have rejected a ballot proposal requiring a two-thirds vote of House and Senate lawmakers to raise state taxes.

Voters on Tuesday rejected the initiative that would have prevented the state from raising more money for roads, schools and other programs unless a so-called supermajority of lawmakers agreed.

Supporters argued that requiring a two-thirds vote would have stabilized the tax environment and helped the economy. Critics countered it would have created obstacles for future Legislatures and forced cuts to education, roads and public safety.

Republican Gov. Rick Snyder opposed Proposal 5. It was one of six on the ballot and among five that sought to amend the Michigan Constitution.

The measure also was among several challenged all the way to the Michigan Supreme Court.

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