Michigan ballot proposals 2-6 defeated
- Updated this morning: Proposal 1 defeated: Michigan voters repeal emergency manager law
From the story: "With more than $45 million spent by both sides, the campaign was the most expensive for a ballot issue in the state’s history, drew national attention and, was considered a potential template for unions in other states."
From the story: "Known as the 25 by 25 proposal, it would have amended the constitution to require Michigan utilities to derive at least 25 percent of their annual electric retail sales from clean renewable sources, including wind, solar, biomass and hydropower, by 2025. It also called for providers to limit rate increases to 1 percent per year to cover costs associated with meeting the standard."
From the story: "The proposal would have amended the state constitution to create a registry that was intended to link caregivers with elderly and disabled people, as well as provide background checks and some training to the workers.
"But opponents said the move was orchestrated by the Service Employees International Union, which organized the workers under the Granholm administration and collects about $6 million in dues a year, money subtracted from Medicaid checks."
From the story: "Two-thirds of state lawmakers in both the House and Senate would have had to vote in favor of a new state tax, expanding the base of taxation or increasing a tax rate under Proposal 5. Voters themselves also could have approved a state tax increase."
From the story: "The ballot initiative was an attempt by the owner of the only border bridge in Detroit, the 82-year-old Ambassador, to slow down or halt construction of a government-owned bridge two miles down the Detroit River. Manuel “Matty” Moroun and his family - who own the span through their Detroit International Bridge Co. - spent more than $33.5 million on the proposal - a state record for one side of a ballot measure."