A former U.S. president is weighing in on a Michigan ballot proposal. Bill Clinton is encouraging Michigan voters to approve Proposal Three on the November ballot. It would amend the state constitution, requiring Michigan utilities would have to generate a quarter of their energy using renewable sources by 2025.
Clinton says it’s “Michigan’s best opportunity this year to jumpstart the state’s economy.”
“The fact that he’s urging folks to vote ‘yes’ on Proposal 3 – which is going to increase our use of renewable energy like wind and solar – is such an exciting development in our campaign,” says Mark Fisk, with the group backing the initiative.
“It’s also important to our country as a whole,” Fisk says. “President Clinton believes, as we do, that a vote for Proposal 3 is a vote for our future, and a vote to create jobs in Michigan, and to move us away from imported coal and Middle East oil.”
Opponents dispute job-creation estimates from the proposal and say it would lead to higher utility bills and doesn’t belong in the state’s constitution.