Michigan voters reject constitutional amendments

MICHIGAN – Five of six statewide ballot proposals were defeated Tuesday, with Proposal 1 still too close to call.

With 70 percent of Michigan’s precincts reporting results, 48 percent of voters were in favor of Proposal 1 and 52 percent opposed.

The other five proposals failed by a larger margin, pundits say, because they proposed amendments to the state constitution. A record $150 million in spending on the ballot proposals, which generated almost nonstop TV advertising leading up to Tuesday’s vote, produced little change in the status quo.

Proposal 1 would re-instate the currently repealed Public Act 4 of 2011 to give Michigan’s existing emergency manager law more clout. The biggest difference if the emergency manager laws passes that the new proposal would allow managers to amend or scrap collective bargaining agreements in certain circumstances.

Brian Thiede, chair of Mecosta County GOP, was pleased with the results.

“I was supporting Proposal 1,” he said. “But the idea of amending the constitution and turning it into a hodge-podge of legislative issues made no sense to me.”

Proposal 2 wanted to add collective bargaining rights to the constitution; Proposal 3 would have required utility companies to make 25 percent of their profits from renewable energy sources by 2025; Proposal 4 wanted to create a council to allow in-home care workers to collectively bargain for their benefits; Proposal 5 would have required a super majority of legislators or a statewide vote to instate new taxes and Proposal 6 would have required voter approval of international bridges built from Michigan to Canada.