OUR VIEW: Proposals were just too much to ask of voters

By Daily News • Last Updated 10:38 am on Friday, November 09, 2012

The voters have spoken, and for the most part, we can still count our blessings …

The sun did rise Wednesday morning, and the world is still spinning on its axis; despite what has been ecstasy for millions, agony for other millions of Americans.

In the election just past, national advertising dollars spent for federal offices reached in the billions, while in Michigan, for just the ballot items posed to re-write our constitution ranged in the tens of millions of dollars.

Would that just a small percentage of all those dollars could have been assigned to more deserving causes. Sadly, the money went for disgusting messages ranging largely from vicious to outrageous.

But in the end, Michigan proved that while you can fool some of the people on an issue, you can’t fool ’em all on a lot of issues.

Prop No. 1 defeated … 

The emergency manager law is a tough loss for Michigan. The proposal would have provided early warning of financial troubles in Michigan municipalities and school systems; then an orderly temporary management of their affairs. No dice. Voters chose to protect their local franchises … and ultimately we’re all on the hook for their malfeasance. The big question still facing Michigan citizens is: How can the rest of us protect ourselves against the incompetence of certain local and school officials? The bad guys will keep stalling on reforms until the rest of us either bail them out or the state (us) faces a lower credit rating. Bad news all the way on this one.

Prop No. 2 defeated … 

This was never about collective bargaining. It was about re-writing the constitution to increase union power.

Prop No. 3 defeated … 

It called for 25 percent of Michigan’s electricity to come from renewable sources by 2025. The industry is still working to reach 15 percent by 2015. The proposal’s goals are admirable, but hardly attainable, without inordinate expense for providers and consumers alike. We sincerely hope green energy development persists, be it without constitutional mandate. Let the market determine how much, how fast.

Prop No. 4 defeated …

An all-out attempt at increasing costs to home care providers through automatic deductions from their Medicaid payments to the Service Employee International Union … for services never fully explained. There is no question that home care providers should be trained and monitored by state agencies. We understand that this is already being done.

Prop No. 5 defeated …

The proposal would have required a two-thirds legislative yes vote on any new taxes in Michigan. This was an unreasonably simplistic attempt to limit raising taxes. The down side is that some legislative processes require raising certain taxes in order to eliminate others. Also, with the Prop 5 provision, necessary legislation could be stopped by an inordinately small minority of dissenters.

Prop No. 6 defeated …

This paves the way for the proposed new international bridge between Michigan (and the Midwest) and Canada and the eastern seaports. It promises thousands of jobs, and substantial trade advantage. But don’t count your bridges before they’re built. When someone spends more than $30 million on an issue, what’s a few more million to spend for “access” to Michigan politicians. You might want to watch your legislators and how enthusiastically they support the voter mandate on this one!

Editorial opinions are the consensus of The Daily News editorial board.

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