'Ticket tax' again surfaces in Mich. budget talks

LANSING, MI – Entertainment and sports organizations are on guard in case a proposal to put a 6% sales tax on tickets is revived during Michigan's budget talks.

A proposal to tax entertainment tickets was pitched in 2007 but never happened after a coalition of fans and owners of sports and entertainment complexes lobbied against the idea. A spokesman said Friday the coalition would be revived if the plan resurfaces.

Media reports say Gov. Jennifer Granholm is considering an entertainment tax as one of several options to eliminate part of the $2.8 billion shortfall in the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1.

Granholm's office won't comment on the reports and has not publicly revealed many of its latest ideas to raise revenue for next fiscal year.