Poll: Most voters like mix of cuts, tax increases

LANSING, MI – A new poll indicates about 6 of every 10 Michigan voters want lawmakers to use a combination of spending cuts and tax increases to balance the state's budget.

The survey released Thursday by EPIC-MRA of Lansing says a cuts-only approach was favored by about a quarter of respondents, while 5 percent said increases alone should be used.

Roughly two-thirds said they supported ending some corporate tax exemptions to raise more revenue. But only one-third would support a higher income tax. About 60 percent said they favored a graduated income tax or expanding the sales tax to luxury and nonessential items.

The survey polled 800 likely Michigan voters between Sept. 16 and Monday. It has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points.

Michigan lawmakers have until next Thursday to eliminate a $2.8 billion deficit.