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LANSING (UPI) - Confirming the worst fears of
nervous state officials, tax cut crusader Robert Tisch
said yesterday he is closing in on the number of
signatures needed to put his latest proposal on the fall
Tisch, who earlier had expressed concern about the
progress of his petition campaign, said he has in hand
240,000 of the roughly 280,000 signatures needed with
thousands more yet to be turned in.
THE COLORFUL Shiawassee County drain com-
missioner said a major push will be made between
now and the July 7 deadline to bring the total to
375,000 or more to provide a comfortable margin of
safety in case some are challenged.
The Tisch proposal, similar to one he pushed un-
successfully two years ago, would slash property
taxes in half.
The legislature would be required to make up
losses suffered by local government, but could not
raise state taxes without 60 per cent voter approval.
STATE OFFICIALS are aghast at the idea,
claiming the Tisch plan would drain $2 billion from
already low state coffers. The state's ability to
provide education, mental hospitals, prisons, and
other basic services would be severely crippled, they
Gov. William Milliken and legislative leaders are
seeking to place on the ballot a rival proposal which
would cut property taxes by an average $350 per
homeowner, while raising the presumably more
palatable sales tax from four per cent to 5.5 per cent
to make up the lost revenue.
"We're in pretty good shape" now, Tisch said in
telephone interview from his Owosso office.
"I'd been a little blue up until recently.
"Actually, I'm black and blue from bashing around
in my car, trying to get people revved up," he said.
"Everybody thought we had all signatures already."
"I'm certain we're closing in now and will have all
we need," he said.
Headlee says latest
scheme dead for now
EAST LANSING (UPI) - Richard
Headlee, architect of the successful
Headlee Tax Limitation Amendment,
conceded yesterday his latest scheme
limiting the tenures of lawmakers and
other top officials apparently will have
to wait until 1982.
In an interview on public television,
the Farmington insurance executive
also said the radical Tisch tax cut
amendment deserves a spot on the
ballot and took some shots at moderate
Gov. William Milliken's leadership
within the Republican Party.
HEADLEE SAID the petition drive
for his tenure limitation amendment
"is not going fast enough to get on the
ballot this year" but insisted 1982 was
the main target date all along.
About 280,000 signatures must be
gathered by July 7 to place con-
stitutional amendments on the fall
Headlee's proposal would have
limited state House members to three
two-year terms, state senators to two
four-year terms, and the governor to
one six-year term. The intent, he said,
is to break the power of entrenched in-
cumbents like Milliken.
WHILE INSISTING the plan enjoys
70 per cent popular support, Headlee
said it is "not what you call a pocket-
"Fundamental reforms are the most
difficult," he said.
Headlee - who fought a bitter,
sometimes personal battle with Robert
Tisch when the two had rival tax plans
on the ballot in 1978 - said he supports
putting the Shiawassee County drain
commissioner's latest plan on the ballot
and has made contributions to the cam-
"I don't think you'll get anything
from Gov. Bill Milliken and this
legislature without the threat of Tisch,"
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