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Three more organizations sponsoring ballot proposals turned in petitions with voter signatures to state election officials on Monday, June 9th according to M-Live. Out of the submitted petition initiatives, one require a higher threshold for state lawmakers to raise taxes, another deals with home health care and unionization, and a third aims to prevent another bridge connecting Detroit and Canada from being built.
The petition initiatives join three other campaigns that turned in signatures to Michigan election officials, including the Stand Up for Democracy Organization proposal seeking to overturn Public Act #4.
All of the groups await the newly re-organized Michigan Board of Canvassers to hold its' next meeting. Gov. Rick Snyder appointed Colleen Pero of Pero Consulting to the Board on June 27th, after controversial member Jeffery Timmer of Sterling Corporation resigned.
The six initiative petition campaigns aiming to change the constitution say they had turned in more than the nearly 323,000 signatures that would be needed to qualify for the ballot. Challenges could be made to any of the proposals.
The six proposals that aim to change the state constitution:
• State Taxes: Michigan Alliance for Prosperity group is backing a proposal that would make it more difficult for the state government to raise state taxes in Michigan says it turned in more than 600,000 signatures. The proposal would require two-thirds majority support of both the House and Senate to approve a tax increase. If the Legislature can’t get a two-thirds vote, a tax increase proposal could be put on a ballot for voters to decide.
A similar referendum drive "Proposition 13" passed in California in the 1978's has severity cripped the state budget decades later.
• Home Health Care: Citizens for Affordable Quality Home Care says it collected more than 550,000 signatures for its proposal. Supporters say it would re-establish a registry helping Medicaid recipients find health aides to provide cheaper care in their residences instead of at nursing homes.
• Detroit Bridge: The People Should Decide group, backed by Ambassador Bridge owner Matty Moroun says it turned in more than 600,000 signatures for their intiative. The measure is aimed at requiring voter approval for construction of a second, government-owned bridge over the Detroit River linking Michigan and Canada.
The proposal would amend the Michigan constitution by requiring a public vote for any international bridge that is not already constructed by the end 2012. If passed by Michigan voters, this measure would directly impact New International Trade Crossing planned in a signed agreement between Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and Canada Government Officials.
• Union Rights: Protect Our Jobs coalition intiative would add collective bargaining rights in the state constitution. The group says it turned in nearly 700,000 signatures to Michigan election officials.
• Renewable Energy: Michigan Energy/Michigan Jobs organization says it turned in nearly 530,000 signatures. The proposal would amend the state constitution to require Michigan electric utilities to derive at least 25 percent of their energy from clean renewable sources by 2025.
• Casinos: Citizens for More Michigan Jobs who support the opening of eight new casinos in Michigan states they have turned in enough signatures to get its proposal on the November ballot.