Business Groups Form “Vote No” Coalition

Jul 11, 2012

A coalition of business groups will urge voters to say “no” to every question that appears on the November ballot.

Rich Studley is with the Michigan Chamber of Commerce and a coalition leader. He says the ballot questions are constitutional amendments that deal with labor issues, energy policy, casinos, a Detroit border crossing, and taxation. There is also a proposed challenge to the state’s emergency manager law.

He says these are policy questions that should be dealt with by the Legislature, and tweaked by lawmakers when it becomes it becomes necessary. He says putting them into the state constitution would mean it would take another amendment- and another ballot campaign – to make changes.

"There’s a real concern about cementing some of these changes into the state constitution,” he says.

Most of the ballot campaigns say they launched petition drives in response to the Legislature’s failure to act.