Proposal 5 http://michiganradio.org en Truth Squad: 'Flagrant Foul' and 'No Foul' on Prop 5 ads http://michiganradio.org/post/truth-squad-flagrant-foul-and-no-foul-prop-5-ads <p></p><p></p><p>Political ads are filling the airwaves, but it’s not always easy to know what is true and what is not.</p><p>Michigan Watch has teamed up with the Center for Michigan’s Truth Squad to sort it out.</p><p>Today we look at Proposal 5 ads. That’s the proposal requiring a two-thirds majority of the legislature or a vote of the people for any state tax increase.</p><p>We’re going to start out with the proponents of Proposal 5, the Michigan Alliance for Prosperity. They want you to vote ‘yes.’</p><p>John Bebow and the Truth Squad reviewed several radio ads the group is running.</p> Fri, 02 Nov 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Lester Graham 9743 at http://michiganradio.org Truth Squad: 'Flagrant Foul' and 'No Foul' on Prop 5 ads Moroun money pushing Proposal 5, tax hike supermajority http://michiganradio.org/post/moroun-money-pushing-proposal-5-tax-hike-supermajority <p>It’s obvious why the Ambassador Bridge-owning Moroun family is backing <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/documents/Statewide_Bal_Prop_Status_145801_7.pdf">Proposal 6</a>. That’s the ballot measure that would require of vote of the people to build international crossings. It would be another step toward blocking a competing bridge Canada has offered to fund.</p> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 11:00:00 +0000 Lester Graham 9665 at http://michiganradio.org Moroun money pushing Proposal 5, tax hike supermajority Stateside: What a 2/3 majority would mean for Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-what-23-majority-would-mean-michigan <p>Stateside continued exploring the proposals that Michigan voters will see on next week’s ballot.</p><p>Michigan Radio’s Lester Graham spoke with Cyndy about Proposal 5 and what it means for the state.</p><p><strong>Where did the proposal originate?</strong></p> Tue, 30 Oct 2012 20:50:30 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 9696 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: What a 2/3 majority would mean for Michigan State budget director says ballot proposals lead to uncertain credit rating http://michiganradio.org/post/state-budget-director-says-ballot-proposals-lead-uncertain-credit-rating <p>The state budget director says credit agencies won’t upgrade Michigan’s rating because of proposals on the November ballot.</p><p>John Nixon today spoke alongside opponents of Proposal Five. It would require a statewide vote or two-thirds majorities of the Legislature to approve a tax increase.</p><p>But Nixon said all the initiatives cast doubt about the state’s economic future.</p> Thu, 25 Oct 2012 20:26:28 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 9629 at http://michiganradio.org State budget director says ballot proposals lead to uncertain credit rating 5 things to know about Proposal 5: Tax hike supermajority http://michiganradio.org/post/5-things-know-about-proposal-5-tax-hike-supermajority <p>State legislators play the game. Michigan voters will set the rules.</p><p>The playing field for Michigan lawmakers could change significantly after Nov. 6, if voters approve any one of five constitutional amendments on the ballot.</p><p>The "bed sheet ballot" is something California voters are used to, but Michigan voters haven't seen this many proposed constitutional amendments since 1978, when voters faced 9 proposed amendments.</p><p>We're posting on all the proposals seeking to amend the Constitution.</p> Wed, 17 Oct 2012 16:36:57 +0000 Mark Brush 9486 at http://michiganradio.org 5 things to know about Proposal 5: Tax hike supermajority The week in review http://michiganradio.org/post/week-review-4 <p>Every Saturday Michigan Radio's <a href="http://michiganradio.org/people/rina-miller">Rina Miller</a> talks with political analyst <a href="http://michiganradio.org/people/jack-lessenberry">Jack Lessenberry </a>about the week's top regional news stories. This week they talk about Proposal 5 which would require a two-thirds majority vote of the Legislature in order to raise taxes and the cost of campaigning in the state.</p> Sat, 13 Oct 2012 13:00:00 +0000 Rina Miller & Jack Lessenberry 9470 at http://michiganradio.org The week in review Commentary: Time to step up against Proposal 5 and 6? http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-time-step-against-proposal-5-and-6 <p>There’s one thing that the vast majority of mainstream Republicans and Democrats agree on—Governor Rick Snyder, the man he defeated, Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero, and virtually every other elected official in the state:</p><p>Ballot Proposal 5, which would require a two-thirds vote of the legislature or a statewide vote of the people to raise any taxes, would be an absolute disaster for Michigan. It would cripple our ability to change with the times, respond to crises or make infrastructure improvements necessary to attract new business.</p> Thu, 11 Oct 2012 13:56:54 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 9455 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Time to step up against Proposal 5 and 6? In this morning's Michigan news headlines. . . http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-michigan-news-headlines-89 <p><strong>Election complaint filed against Snyder</strong></p><p>"A ballot campaign has filed an elections complaint against Governor Rick Snyder. It says he’s using his official website and other state resources illegally to campaign against Proposal 5. Matt Davis is an attorney for the Proposal 5 campaign. That’s the one to require super-majority votes for the Legislature to raise taxes. Davis says Governor Snyder has posted videos to his official webpage, used staff time, and other public resources to campaign against the ballot question. The complaint was filed with the Michigan Secretary of State. A violation is punishable by a fine of a thousand dollars or a year in jail. Governor Snyder – who is a licensed attorney – says he’s on solid legal ground -- and will continue to campaign for the emergency manager law and against the five proposed amendments to the state constitution on the November ballot," Rick Pluta reports.</p><p><strong>More Asian carp DNA found</strong></p><p>"More DNA from Asian carp has been found in Chicago-area waters, and officials say an intensive search for the unwelcome fish will take place next week. A committee of federal and state agencies said Tuesday the search was triggered by the discovery of genetic material from Asian carp during three consecutive rounds of water sampling between June and September. Officials say the presence of Asian carp DNA doesn't necessarily signal the presence of live fish," the AP reports.</p><p><strong>Meningitis outbreak claims third life in Michigan</strong></p><p>"The Centers for Disease Control reports a third fatality in Michigan tied to a nationwide meningitis outbreak. The CDC now says 25 patients in Michigan are linked to the outbreak tied&nbsp; to tainted steroid injections. The injections were intended to relieve spinal pain.&nbsp;&nbsp; But a fungus contaminated the compound used in the injections. Nationwide the meningitis outbreak has sickened 119 people. Eleven people have died including three people in Michigan. The Centers for Disease Control believes as many as 13,000 people may have been exposed to the tainted steroid," Steve Carmody <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/cdc-meningitis-outbreak-claims-third-life-michigan">reports. </a><br> Wed, 10 Oct 2012 12:04:47 +0000 Emily Fox 9437 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's Michigan news headlines. . . Commentary: Proposal 5 and Michigan's taxes http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-proposal-5-and-michigans-taxes <p>Nobody likes taxes, and for the last 30 years, we’ve been happily brainwashed into thinking that our taxes are too high.</p><p>And, as a result, a leading economist told me the other day, “We have some of the worst roads in the country.” But hold on. If a lot of people are fooled into voting yes on Proposal Five, our roads and everything else are certain to get worse. In fact, much worse.</p><p>That’s the conclusion of Michigan State University Economics Professor Charles Ballard, perhaps the top expert on our state’s economy. His short, excellent book Michigan’s Economic Future ought to be required reading for anybody who wants to understand how things work.&nbsp; Believe it or not, there are a few hard facts you need to know about taxes. First of all, we are already paying far less than we once were. Ballard told me, “State and local tax revenues in Michigan are already a much smaller fraction of our economy than they were a few decades ago.”</p><p>How much money is that? Fri, 05 Oct 2012 12:29:37 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 9377 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Proposal 5 and Michigan's taxes Commentary: What matters most in November http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-what-matters-most-november <p>The election is six weeks away, and the vast majority of the media attention has been on whether President Obama or Mitt Romney will win the state. But I think that in Michigan, the real importance may be about something bigger.</p><p>This election will also determine whether one incredibly rich man can essentially buy our government for his own selfish interest.</p><p>That man is Matty Moroun, the owner of the Ambassador Bridge over the Detroit River. He is 85 years old, and according to Forbes, is worth close to two billion dollars.</p> Tue, 25 Sep 2012 13:00:05 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 9223 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: What matters most in November