4th group forms to oppose Michigan sales tax increase proposal on May ballot

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LANSING, Michigan — A Republican political consultant who advised Gov. Rick Snyder's campaigns is leading a new group opposed to an increase in Michigan's sales tax on the May 5 ballot.

Citizens Against Middle Class Tax Increases is the fourth group formed to oppose Proposal 1.

The measure proposed by lawmakers would raise the sales tax from 6 percent to 7 percent and remove the sales tax on fuel to generate $1.2 billion more in road funding.

If voters approve the proposal, higher gasoline taxes, vehicle registration fees and a tax break for low-wage earners also would take effect.

John Yob, the new group's lead strategist, says it's "wrong to ask ... middle-class families to foot the bill."

The group campaigning for a "yes" vote has changed its name to Safe Roads Yes.

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