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Wed Jul 10, 2024, 10:21 AM Wednesday

Michigan eyes November election with no ballot proposals for first time in years

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Proposal to eliminate property taxes misses filing deadline

A campaign to eliminate property taxes in Michigan missed the filing deadline for proposed amendments to the state constitution. Karla Wagner, a Cannon Township resident who launched "AxMITax," characterized the campaign as a way to lower costs for Michigan households and rein in government spending. Municipal finance experts warned that the effort would have devastated communities with severe cuts to public services funded by property taxes such as libraries and schools.

Campaign to repeal clean energy legislation doesn't file

In Michigan, voters can initiate legislation that lawmakers can approve or send to the ballot. While several campaigns to introduce voter-initiated legislation were underway this election cycle, none filed signatures by the May deadline to qualify for the November ballot. That includes one that would have repealed a new law in Michigan that gives state regulators the authority to decide where to locate large wind and solar projects to help achieve 100% clean energy by 2040, a goal Democrats approved last year.

Minimum wage proposal fails to make ballot

Another campaign to introduce voter-initiated legislation to increase Michigan's minimum wage was blocked by the courts. The state elections panel deadlocked on certifying the proposal and the Michigan Supreme Court declined the campaign's request to order the board to approve it. But the court could still decide the fate of Michigan's minimum wage law as it considers a separate lawsuit alleging the Michigan Legislature acted unconstitutionally when it adopted a minimum wage petition and amended it in the same session to delay the proposed wage increase and preserve a tipped minimum wage.

Referendum on gun safety law ends circulation

Voters won't have a chance to take up referenda on any new Michigan laws either. A campaign to overturn Michigan's new "red flag" gun law stopped circulating its petition, according to Michigan's Bureau of Elections. The new law allows a judge to temporarily bar someone who poses an imminent threat to themselves or others from possessing firearms. ................(more)


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