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Posted on Tue, Nov 6, 2012 : 11:59 p.m.

Michigan ballot proposals 2-6 defeated

By MLive Media Group

Five of six Michigan ballot proposals were defeated Tuesday night, with one - dealing with the state's emergency manager law - still too close to call as of midnight, according to

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Here are the ballot proposals and analyses stories about them from MLive:

Proposal 2: Unions lose big-money, high-profile effort to restore clout in Michigan.

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."

Proposal 3: Michigan Proposal 3: Voters reject 25 by 25 renewable energy mandate

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."

Proposal 4: Michigan Proposal 4: Effort to classify home healthcare workers as government employees rejected

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."

Proposal 5: Voters reject measure calling for 'two-thirds' legislative supermajority to raise taxes

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."

Proposal 6: Call for public votes on new Detroit-Windsor bridge defeated

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."


cornelius McDougenschniefferburgenstein jr. 3 esq.

Thu, Nov 8, 2012 : 10:58 p.m.

i hope this bridge material will come from U.S.A. + canadian+origen+laborers from MICHIGAN+CANADA.halifax port improvments will send WAYYYYY!!!!!! more trucks into usa,whoever builds a bridge first gets the business,SPINOFF is huge if we dawdled buffalo ny or niagra would have built a bridge+ benefitted instead of MI.IF WE BUILD IT THEY WILL COME. GITERDONE!!!

Tom Todd

Wed, Nov 7, 2012 : 11:58 p.m.

so much middle and working class jealousy not everyone can live next to snyder and get those type of services.

Tom Todd

Wed, Nov 7, 2012 : 11:45 p.m.

anyone left in the middle class anymore? just became working class.


Wed, Nov 7, 2012 : 12:06 p.m.

I was surprised to see how many votes there were FOR the bridge prop. If a significant portion of that was just a cattle-like reaction to Matty's misinformation blast, that's really depressing...and frightening. After some minor digging, probably less than an hour, I could find no good reason not to alllow the bridge., the proposal defined any bridge for public use not already constructed as an International bridge; that should shoot down a proposal whether its intent is good or not.


Wed, Nov 7, 2012 : 10:31 p.m.

A lot of people believed the outright lies that Maroun put in his ads. The fact that the legislature would not vote yes for the bridge says a lot about money making things cloudy. Matty contributed over $1.5 M to the legislature who tied the Governors hands on the bridge. Never mind the thousands of jobs and tons of money the bridge would bring into Michigan.

5c0++ H4d13y

Wed, Nov 7, 2012 : 11:14 a.m.

It will be interesting to see what the blowback of 2 is.

5c0++ H4d13y

Thu, Nov 8, 2012 : 1 a.m.

Sorry about being vague. I was thinking that this victory might embolden the right to work people to put that up to state wide vote next. If that happens and it wins then this prop' would have been a political miscalculation.

Blue Marker

Wed, Nov 7, 2012 : 11:59 a.m.

See Paul Ryan, Wisconsin.

Tom Todd

Wed, Nov 7, 2012 : 11:54 a.m.

it might take ten people to change a light bulb now.

Kai Petainen

Wed, Nov 7, 2012 : 6:11 a.m.

#6... he wasted $40 million on that and he failed. he should have spent that money on fixing the rust on his bridge. instead, he fought to keep the monopoly. i'm sorry, when that bridge is built... i'll never cross his bridge agan -- not because of a 2nd bridge, but because of his attitude towards this.


Wed, Nov 7, 2012 : 5:27 a.m.

At least some good news.