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Second recall effort under way against Proos

Published 9:01pm Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Another recall effort is under way against state Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph.

Just three days after her first recall wording was denied by the Berrien County Election Commission, Lyn Earwood, a Gobles teacher, has filed recall language again with the county, according to County Clerk Louise Stine.

The wording was filed June 23, and a second clarity hearing has been slated for 8:30 a.m. July 12 to approve or deny the wording based on its clarity.

The wording this time reads: “Sen. John Proos did on May 12, 2011, vote yes on Michigan House Bill 4361 S5 as amended.”

The more in-depth version that was denied last week was: “John Proos did on May 12, 2011, vote in favor of House Bill 4361, which will mean a tax reduction of up to $1.78 billion per year for business taxpayers while at the same time imposing an estimated $330 million in new taxes upon the pensions of individual Michigan residents. The senator’s vote also prevented the income tax rate from being reduced for the year 2012.”

The language references Proos supporting Gov. Rick Snyder’s budget, which provides tax breaks for businesses and makes up for that lost revenue with a tax on pensions of retired Michigan residents.

If the language is approved, recall supporters would need to collect more than 20,000 signatures of residents in Proos’ district to get the issue placed on the ballot.

Proos, a former aide to U.S. Rep. Fred Upton and a state House representative for six years, is a first-year senator.

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