Elections

Elections/Government
7:29 am
Thu May 7, 2015

Snyder, lawmakers sort through Proposal 1 wreckage

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Voters said no Tuesday to Proposal One. The margin was almost four-to-one

against. 

But, as unhappy as people were with the ballot question, they’re still unhappy with the state of Michigan’s roads. So Governor Rick Snyder and lawmakers say they’ll go back to work on finding money for roads – and they will heed the lessons of Proposal One. As soon as they figure out what those lessons are.

We have more from Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta.

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Elections
10:10 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

Proposal 1 defeated

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Governor Rick Snyder says Michigan voters have resoundingly defeated tax increases to pump $1.2 billion more a year into deteriorating roads.

Before all returns had been counted, Snyder said in a statement Tuesday night that the measure was dead.

The lawmaker-proposed constitutional amendment would have ended Michigan's status as one of the most frugal states in spending on infrastructure such as highways.

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Elections
11:13 am
Fri May 1, 2015

May 5 election RESULTS

The following will be on county ballots in the Public Radio 90 listening area.  Only contested races are

shown.

STATEWIDE

PROPOSAL 15-1

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Elections
8:38 am
Fri April 17, 2015

MI House wants to jettison February elections

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan would no longer hold elections in February under legislation moving forward in Lansing.

The Republican-led state House voted 93-17 Thursday to do away with February elections while keeping intact May, August and November elections.

Supporters say fewer voters typically turn out for February elections, when school millage requests are often the lone ballot question.

House Elections Committee Chairwoman Lisa Posthumus Lyons, an Alto Republican, says it is "pro-taxpayer and good government legislation."

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Elections/Taxes
8:28 am
Mon April 13, 2015

Tax hike amounts if Proposal 1 passes calculated

LANSING, MI (AP)--   If Michigan's ballot proposal for improved roads passes, the tax hike would average $545 per household in 2016 or $45 a month.

The increase would average $474, or $40 per month, in 2017 when low-income residents become eligible for a larger tax credit, according to Associated Press calculations.

Exactly how much more taxes people pay would depend on incomes, fuel prices and what they buy, how much they drive and the type and age of their car.

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