Michigan voters say "no" to all 6 ballot initiatives

By: Newscenter 16 staff Email
By: Newscenter 16 staff Email

Michigan had more intitiatives on the ballot this year than any other state. Voters had to decide on 6 proposals, 5 of which aimed at amending the state constitution, but voters rejected all attempts.

Those six initiatives were:
1. Emergency Manager Referendum, which would have allowed the governor to appoint emergency managers in times of financial distress, and expanded certain powers.

2. Protect our jobs amendment, which would have added the right of collective bargaining for public and private sector employees.

3. Renewable energy amendment, which would have ordered utilities to produce 25 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2025. The requirement would have been added to the state constitution, preventing legislators from overturning it. Proposal 3 called for companies to generate more power from wind, solar, biomass and hydropower.

4. Home health care amendment, which would have amended the state constitution to allow for home health care providers to have limited collective bargaining.

5. Taxation amendment, which would have prevented the state from raising more money for roads, schools and other programs unless a so-called supermajority of lawmakers agreed. The proposal would have required a two-thirds vote of House and Senate lawmakers to raise state taxes.

6. International bridge initative, which would require voters to approve a new bridge or tunnel from Michigan to Canada.

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