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UPDATED: Michigan Board of Canvassers determine ballot language for six proposals today, MDP says Norm Shinkle not in attendance

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UPDATE: August 27, 2012 @ 12:51 PM
The Michigan Democratic Party has sent out a Tweet highlighting information that Board of Canvasser Norm Shinkle, a key opponent to allow Michigan Public Act #4 to be voted upon in a earlier B of C meeting; will skip voting on ballot language for the below noted proposals, deciding instead to attend the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida.

Here is a picture of the Tweet by the Michigan Democratic Party:

The Michigan Board of Canvassers will meet at Noon today to decide ballot language for six petitions proposals scheduled to appear on November 6th General Election ballot.

The proposals include initiatives related to expanding casinos in the Michigan, adding a 2/3rd Michigan legislative voting requirement to raise any state taxes and voter approval of a new Internationally Detroit-Canada bridge.
Another measure, seeking to union collective bargaining rights to Michigan Constitution is being heard before the Michigan Court of Appeals, who could rule on the measure later this afternoon. 
The six proposals before the Board of Canvassers today awaiting language approval to appear on November 6th ballot are:
Expanding Casinos Operations in Michigan: This proposal would add a constitutional amendment to allowing eight more casinos to open in various locations in the state.
Requiring Residents Votes to add a privately/public partnership funded Detroit-Canada bridge: This amendment, if passed, would require Michigan residents to vote deciding if state funding should be used for participation in international bridge and tunnel projects not already completed by the end of the year.
Two-Thirds Legislator Vote Tax Amendment: This proposed constitutional amendment would require a two-thirds vote of the Legislature to raise any state taxes. 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 proposal passed in California, Proposition 13 of 1978, decades later has lead to bankruptcies of cities and a massive budgetary deficit for the States' government.

Mitch Bean, Former State Fiscal Policy Director and Partner at Great Lakes Economic Consulting Group discussed what impact the 2/3rd Tax Amendment could have on state governmental resources on ROJS Radio LIVE August 18th.
Repeal Michigan Public Act 4: The proposal approved to go on the ballot will allow voters to decide whether to keep or repeal Public Act 4 of 2011, known as the highly controversial Emergency Manager Law. 
Detroit Rainbow Push Leader and advocate in the effort to repeal Public Act #4 discussed the mobilization effort up to November 6th to inform potential voters why the Statue is an inadequate state law on ROJS Radio LIVE August 18th.
Collective Bargain Rights of Home Health Care Workers: The proposal if passed would provide collective bargaining rights for certain workers and addition information information to consumers of the Home Health Care Industry.
2025 Clean Energy Proposal: This amendment if passed, would require utilities to obtain at least a quarter or 25% of their electricity from clean energy renewable energy sources by 2025. Sierra Club Michigan Legislative Policy Director Mike Berkowitz discussed how jobs would be added in Michigan if this amendment is passed by voters on ROJS Radio LIVE August 11th.

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Correction noted. Thanks David!

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