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Gov. blasts proposals

October 30, 2012
By JACKIE STARK - Journal Staff Writer ( , The Mining Journal

MARQUETTE - Some of the proposals to appear on the Michigan ballot Nov. 6 could be "economically devastating" and are "terrible" ideas, according to Gov. Rick Snyder.

Snyder spoke to a group of people gathered in the Great Lakes Rooms of Northern Michigan University's University Center this morning, as well as via video teleconference with people at Bay College, the Copper Country Intermediate School District and people in Iron Mountain.

Snyder has been traveling across the state on a bus tour, telling people to vote "yes" on Proposal 1 - which would keep Snyder's emergency manager law in place - and "no" on the other five proposals.

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Gov. Rick Snyder talks to the crowd at the Great Lakes Rooms of Northern Michigan University this morning. He advocated voting “yes” on Proposal 1 and “no” on the other ballot issues. (Journal photo by Jackie Stark)

Answering questions from the crowd, Snyder said Proposal 2 - which would place collective bargaining rights in Michigan's constitution - and Proposal 5 - which would require a two-thirds majority vote of Michigan's legislature to enact tax increases - would be the most economically devastating to Michigan if they were to pass.

Proposal 2, he said, was a "massive overreach" that would create a "huge mess" in the Michigan court system, saying it would spur an enormous amount of lawsuits as people began working through which current Michigan laws would be wiped out by its passing.

Snyder also spoke to some extent about Proposal 6, which would require a statewide vote of the people on any new, international bridge construction.

The proposal, Snyder said, was initiated by Manuel "Matty" Moroun, the current owner of the Ambassador Bridge.

"The situation with this is we have one special interest, the Moroun family, that's spent $30 million now on trying to confuse an issue because they have a near monopoly over the Detroit River ... they're making lots of money at our expense," Snyder said.

According to Snyder, even if the proposal passed, the state has a strong legal argument to ensure construction on the New International Trade Crossing would still move forward, since an agreement has already been signed between the Michigan and Canadian government.

Jackie Stark can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 242.



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