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Election 2012

November 7, 2012

Michigan shoots down propositions

Michigan voters won't have say in Canada crossings

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan voters say they don't need to weigh in on whether new bridges or tunnels are built between their state and Canada.

Voters on Tuesday defeated a ballot measure that called for a statewide vote on plans for any new international crossing.

The proposal was engineered by Manuel "Matty" Moroun, owner of the private Ambassador Bridge in Detroit. It came in response to the proposed construction of a Canadian-financed bridge between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario.

Moroun wants instead to build a new span of his own, and he spent millions of advertising dollars to support the ballot proposal.

Michigan voters reject renewable energy initiative

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan voters have rejected a ballot initiative that would have ordered utilities to produce 25 percent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2025.

The requirement would have been added to the state constitution, preventing legislators from overturning it. Proposal 3 called for companies to generate more power from wind, solar, biomass and hydropower.

Its defeat followed a vigorous campaign, with both sides accusing each other of misstating what it would do.

Voters reject raising stakes to hike Mich. taxes

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan voters have rejected a ballot proposal requiring a two-thirds vote of House and Senate lawmakers to raise state taxes.

Voters on Tuesday rejected the initiative that would have prevented the state from raising more money for roads, schools and other programs unless a so-called supermajority of lawmakers agreed.

Supporters argued that requiring a two-thirds vote would have stabilized the tax environment and helped the economy. Critics countered it would have created obstacles for future Legislatures and forced cuts to education, roads and public safety.

Republican Gov. Rick Snyder opposed Proposal 5. It was one of six on the ballot and among five that sought to amend the Michigan Constitution.

The measure also was among several challenged all the way to the Michigan Supreme Court.

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