Governor Vetoes Mutuel Tax Boost in Michigan: Measure Called for Increase of 1/2 of 1 per Cent in Take, Daily Racing Form, 1957-06-06


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Governor Vetoes Mutuel Tax Boost in Michigan 0 Measure Called for Increase Of Vi of 1 Per Cent in Take HAZEL PARK, Mich., June 5. Gov. Mennen Williams Tuesday vetoed a bill that would have taken an additional 00,-000 from Michigan race track bettors and turned most of it over to county fairs to rebuild dilapidated structures. The bill as passed by the legislature would have increased the take from pari-mutuel pools from 12 per cent to 124 per cent, setting this additional one-half" of 1 per cent aside for handouts to county fairs. Each fair would get up to ,000 under the new bill. "My basic objection to this bill is that it seeks to levy earmarked additional taxes to build or rebuild structures at county fairs, while our tremendous needs in the field of education have been turned down by the legislature for lack of funds," Williams said in his veto message. "I cannot believe the people of Michigan consider any needs more important than the education of their children and any new revenues to be raised should certainly go to the general fund for expenditure where they are most needed. "If the legislature desires to raise taxes on those who patronize horse racing they should devote that revenue to our more pressing needs." The measure was vigorously opposed by both Hazel Park and MRA officials, as well as James H. Inglis, Michigan racing commissioner.

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