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Hands off document

October 30, 2012
The Mining Journal

To the Journal editor:

On Nov. 6, citizens will cast their vote on many ballot proposals. I caution all voters to thoroughly review all proposals before voting and please remember that Michigan's constitution is a document that enshrines our values and establishes the basic framework of our government.

It should not be a special-interest smorgasbord where amendments are added to protect the comforts of a select few.

Specifically, Proposal 6 is so poorly worded, that it could require any bridge project in Michigan to go through a statewide vote, not just international crossings. Imagine forcing voters in Marquette to vote on whether a local bridge is needed in Monroe. The administrative and cost burdens would be enormous.

When it comes to making decisions on whether to amend the constitution, it's critical that we look at all of the consequences, even those that are unintended.

Brian Calley

Lt. Governor



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