A Resounding NO!
From the calls of my listeners on air and everyone I spoke to off air I did not think it would pass, but I did not think it would go down in a blaze of glory like it did.
Yesterday Michigan voters said no to Prop 1 in one of the biggest landslide defeats since the 70’s and 80’s,
It was defeated by a margin of 80% no vote to 20% yes vote,
According to the state 350,742 Michiganders voted yes while 1,404,779 voted no.
According to an article in the Detroit News, one Michigan political historian Bill Ballenger stated “It was one of the worst ballot measure defeats in more than a generation, and the margin of defeat rivals some "doozies" from the 1970s and 1980s when voters rejected a series of property tax questions.”
Mr. Ballenger, who is the associate editor of Inside Michigan Politics, also was quoted in the article as saying "This is up there with the rest of them as one of the greatest ballot turkeys of all time.”
Gov. Rick Snyder response to the defeat was "While voters didn't support this particular proposal, we know they want action taken to maintain and improve our roads and bridges," and "The 'relentless' part of relentless positive action means that we start anew to find a comprehensive, long-term solution to this problem. Doing nothing isn't an option as the costs are too great."
What is next?
According to an article I read in the Detroit Free Press there are 10 possible road-funding plans lawmakers may consider. Please click on the link to the article and see what can be considered by our legislatures to fund the road infrastructure improvements.
Let’s discuss this today on my show The Live with Renk show, which airs Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to noon, to let me know your thoughts at (269) 441-9595.
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