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Op/Ed - The People were not 'Confused' Governor Snyder, Public Act #4 was a horrible piece of repealed legislation

Michigan Supreme Court to Repeal Public Act 4
Michigan Supreme Court to Repeal Public Act 4 (Photo credit: Fuzzytek)
ROJS News Op/Ed

Michigan Voters, Governor Rick Snyder thinks you were a bit confused. As if you could not read real ballot language about Proposal 12-1 - The Former Emergency Manager Law and come up with a logical decision.

In the Governor's opinion, if you lived on the Western parts of our state, YOU were smart enough to vote as he desired, to retain what was dubbed as "dictator law" because Public Act #4 didn't impact your community. Guess the Governor forgot that tiny Benton Harbor, Michigan isn't exactly close Detroit at all.

Also, Gov. Snyder believes Public Act #4 was defeated and repealed because voters in Southeastern, Mid, North and Bunny North (U.P.) areas of Michigan, just didn't get it.

From the Detroit Free Press November 7, 2012:
Snyder said “some element” of confusion was a factor in the result, though “I couldn’t quantify it.” He said he based that opinion partly on ballot results in areas such as western Michigan, where communities have not been affected by emergency managers and a strong vote to reject the law would seem less likely.
“Public Act 4 was working and it was being effective,” he said. “I am disappointed because it does make life more complicated.” 
Really? Way to turn back up a civil war type battle of North versus South, East versus West or University of Michigan versus Western Michigan University again. Governor, just in case you're confused last time we checked your mansion, where you live is located in Ann Arbor Township, in Southeastern Michigan, within Washtenaw County. So, maybe you are a bit confused.

So let's review the facts here, shall we.

According to MLive Reporter Johnaton Oosting comment on November 7th, Proposal 1 pretty much lost in counties all across the State of Michigan.

Here's a breakdown of unofficial results by county as listed on the Michigan Secretary of State website, which posts only when all precincts have reported.

Majority "no" votes: Alcona, Alger, Alpena, Antrim, Arenac, Baraga, Barry, Bay, Benzie, Branch, Calhoun, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Chippewa, Clare, Clinton, Crawford, Delta, Dickinson, Eaton, Emmet, Gladwin, Gogebic, Grand Traverse, Gratiot, Hillsdale, Houghton, Huron, Ingham, Ionia, Iosco, Iron, Isabella, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Kalkaska, Keweenaw, Lake, Lapeer, Leelanau, Lenawee, Luce, Mackinac, Manistee, Marquette, Mason, Mecosta, Menominee, Midland, Missaukee, Monroe, Montcalm, Montmorency, Newaygo, Oceana, Ogemaw, Ontonagon, Osceola, Oscoda, Otsego, Presque Isle, Roscommon, Saginaw, St. Clair, St. Joseph, Sanilac, Schoolcraft, Shiawassee, Tuscola, Van Buren, Washtenaw, Wexford

Majority "yes" votes: Cass, Kent, Livingston, Oakland, Ottawa

Incomplete: Allegan, Berrien, Genesee, Muskegon, Wayne
The last time we checked a map of Michigan, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph, Barry, Bay, Van Buren, Grand Traverse, Oceana and a bit more counties are not all located at or near the thumb side of mitten, in our Lower Peninsula.

Voters all across our beloved state repealed Public Act #4 because it was bad legislation, plain and simple. No community deserves to be under threat of two individuals: Governor Snyder and State Treasurer Andy Dillon if the locality refuses immediately heed to their demands.

It's called Democracy Governor Snyder. We, The people of Michigan elect local officials to deal with fiscal issues in our communities, not you. We The People of Michigan understand how the governmental process works. Public Act #4 wasn't a suitable replacement at all for this process, and We The People repealed your law.

Governor Snyder, we would suggest that you stand by your previous words about respecting the referendum process, and refuse signing any new bills which would override The People's will.

From Michigan Radio September 19, 2012:

“I respect the initiative process as a fundamental democratic right...” Snyder said in a September Press Release.

Think about it. Less than two years from now Governor, you'll probably start a process seeking reelection to our state's highest elected office. Defying The People's will by their vote by drafting a "new and improved" version of repealed "Public Act #4" likely will not be forgotten by Michiganders in such a short amount of time. 

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