Send a Letter to Your Local Newspaper
Promote a ‘Yes’ Vote for Prop 1 and Help Put more Resources Into Neighborhood Schools
Proposal 1 offers a valuable solution to improving roads in Michigan but it also offers a great opportunity to increase funding to schools and children, particularly vulnerable children. This is an exciting prospect – and perhaps our only one – for new state resources for kids and families in the near future. Similarly, if the proposal fails, many of us who care about kids fear Michigan lawmakers will cut programs that benefit children and families in order to find new dollars for roads.
Help us by sending a letter of support for Proposal 1 to a newspaper in Michigan.
- Simply use one of the following letters as a template, or revise one to suit you.
- Letters must include a signer’s name, address and contact phone number before an editor considers printing or posting them.
- Most media outlets will call you to make sure you signed it and that your name is spelled correctly.
- Letters are often taken by snail mail, fax or e-mail.
- Each media outlets has its only maximum word length for letters, so check that before sending.
Click on these links to find instructions on how to send letters to the following media outlets: the Detroit News, Detroit Free Press, the Lansing State Journaland Mlive.org. For other newspapers, check their contact information online or in the pages of their print editions.
Parent letter (167 words)
I’m a parent concerned about my child’s future and the quality of education in my community. That’s why I’m voting “yes” for Proposal 1 on May 5. Proposal 1 will not only ensure that $1.2 billion a year is dedicated to fixing our unsafe roads and bridges – which we all agree is long overdue — but it will also provide another $300 million for Michigan’s public schools when we need it most.
Educating our children and preparing them for a bright future should be everyone’s top priority.
Proposal 1 will protect and increase K-12 educating funding, fix problems with our roads, pay down the state’s transportation debt, and offer tax relief for low-income people. If it fails, I fear that lawmakers will end up cutting programs that benefit people – in human services and education –to solve the road crisis.
It’s not a perfect plan, but it’s the only real option out there to fix our dangerous roads and ensure our schools and communities are healthy and vibrant.
School people voting yes (199 words)
There’s good reason why PTA groups, school officials, teachers and bus drivers are joining the growing movement to urge a “yes” vote for Proposal 1 on the May 5 Michigan ballot. They realize Proposal 1 will bring critically needed resources into kids’ classrooms, besides improving unsafe roads.
Funding neighborhood schools has been a struggle, even with new investments in targeted areas, in recent years. Proposal 1 provides more resources to schools with a Constitutional guarantee that every penny in the School Aid Fund goes to funding K-12 schools and community colleges.
The plan will result in $1.2 billion a year for roads, $300 million for neighborhood schools, $100 million for mass transit and $95 million for local governments. It will do this by increasing the sales tax to 7 percent from 6 percent, while removing the sales tax from fuel sales and replacing the sales tax with another fuel tax that would be spent on roads. It restores the Earned Income Tax Credit to protect poor people.
Some people say this information is too much for voters to grasp. I say, it’s a good plan and our only hope for fixing roads and helping schools!
Care about kids (166 words)
People who care about kids and education in Michigan are voting ‘yes” on May 5 for Proposal 1. It’s important you vote ‘yes,” too.
The plan lays out a solid formula for reforming the way we invest in roads in Michigan. It means fuel taxes will no longer be diverted, but exclusively used to pay for roads.
The resources that would have been lost to schools and local governments from fuel taxes will be covered by a one-cent hike in the state’s 6-percent sales tax. This will generate $1.2 billion for fixing crumbling roads, $300 million for neighborhood schools, $100 million for mass transit and $95 million for local governments. The plan also restores the state’s Earned Income Tax Credit for lower-income, working people to help offset the cost of the sales-tax hike.
Legislative leaders have acknowledged that there is no Plan B if this fails. Sadly, lawmakers under pressure to fix our terrible roads will likely turn to cutting programs that benefit families and kids.