The recall petition is part of what Ottawa County Elections Coordinator Justin Roebuck called a concerted effort to recall legislators who voted in favor of Gov. Rick Snyder’s budget. Specifically, the petition cites Meekhof’s vote on a bill that cuts business taxes, as well as support for a budget that cuts school funding, taxing pensions and preventing the reduction of the income tax rate for 2012.
Spring Lake resident Jason Collins, a math and English teacher for the Newaygo County alternative high school program, filed the petition on June 7. Collins, 30, declined comment about the petition until after today’s hearing. He did not attend this morning’s hearing, and could not be reached for comment by press time.
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