A state elections panel today deadlocked over several proposals for the statewide ballot. In each case, proponents will need an order from the state Court of Appeals or the Michigan Supreme Court to get their ballot questions before voters this fall.
The Board of State Canvassers deadlocked over whether to allow a question on the ballot that would affect future tax hikes. It would require state lawmakers to agree on tax increases by a two-thirds super-majority vote. The panel also deadlocked on the ballot proposal that would require public votes to construct a new international bridge. The measure is backed by the owners of the Ambassador Bridge in Detroit, who are trying to block a competing bridge.
The campaign to allow eight new non-tribal casinos faced a similar fate today. It will have to go back to court to get a spot on the November ballot after the state elections board deadlocked along party lines.
Also today, the Michigan Court of Appeals has ordered the proposal to protect collective bargaining rights in the state constitution onto the November ballot. The appeals court rejected a challenge to the proposal that claimed it is too sweeping and would affect an untold number of state laws. Now, opponents will as the Michigan Supreme Court to intervene.