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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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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9:52 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Marijuana legalization ballot drive launched in Michigan

LANSING, MI--   Michigan would legalize the use of marijuana for recreational use under the proposed wording of a ballot initiative submitted to the state. 

Once authorized by the Board of State Canvassers, the Michigan Cannabis Coalition's initiated law would require roughly 252,000 valid voter signatures before going to the Republican-led Legislature. If lawmakers rejected the bill or took no action, it would receive a statewide vote in November 2016.

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8:15 am
Mon April 6, 2015

Majority of road money to stay local, if approved

LANSING, MI (AP)--   If voters agree to raise taxes for Michigan's deteriorating roads, 61 cents of every dollar would go to local agencies that say the money could gradually restore roads to respectability within a decade. 

The funding increase at the local level would be phased in over three years. It would include $491 million more to 83 counties and an additional $274 million to more than 500 cities and villages.

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10:01 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Ballot wording approved for road issue

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The Board of State Canvassers has set the wording of a road funding ballot proposal asking voters if they want to increase the state sales tax and raise $1.3 billion a year more for transportation infrastructure. 

The elections board approved the language Thursday.

Voters decide in the May 5 special election whether to approve an amendment to the Michigan Constitution.

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