Thursday, November 15, 2012

U of M and MSU on the proposals

Still more post-election wrap-up, this time featuring videos from Michigan's top two research universities. First up is the most recent, which is an analysis of what happened to the state's proposals, which were all voted down.

Looking at the Michigan ballot proposals
 
Elisabeth R. Gerber, a professor of public policy at the University of Michigan's Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, explains the campaign strategies of the proponents and opponents of the recent Michigan ballot initiatives.
I might be able to turn this into a newsworthy article for Examiner.com, but I'm not going to wait until I do to post the video. If I do, I might be able to include information from all the rest of the videos.

Follow over the jump for more videos.

I'll dispense with Proposal 1 first, which the voters turned into a repeal of Public Act 4, the Emergency Manager law.

New U-M survey shows mixed support for emergency managers

According to a University of Michigan Ford School of Public Policy survey, less than half (38 percent) of Michigan's local leaders support the state's emergency manager law, while about a third (30 percent) oppose it and the rest are neutral or unsure...
Good thing the majority of local politicians were not supporters; they don't have to worry about the law anymore.

Now it's MSU's turn.

How the emergency manager law works

Michigan State University economist Eric Scorsone discusses Proposal 1, which would retain Michigan's emergency manager law
Are emergency managers effective?
From Pontiac to Benton Harbor, the emergency manager law has shown some early signs of success, says Michigan State University economist Eric Scorsone.
Emergency managers: too much power?

Though some feel emergency managers have too much power, the law is meant as temporary fix and only for extreme situations, says Michigan State University economist Eric Scorsone.
What if emergency manager law fails?

If Proposal 1 fails, the state of Michigan would revert back to a weaker 1990 law to manage local financial emergencies, says Michigan State University economist Eric Scorsone.
And that's the state of affairs Michigan now has. I'm pleased with that.

The other proposition that got MSU's attention was Proposal 5, which also went down to defeat.

Raising taxes: how hard should it be?

Michigan State University economist Eric Scorsone discusses the arguments for and against Proposal 5, which would require a two-thirds majority of the Michigan Legislature to raise taxes.
'Supermajority' tax rule rare in U.S

Only seven states in the union need a supermajority to raise taxes. Michigan would become the eighth if voters approve Proposal 5, says Michigan State University economist Eric Scorsone.
This is one of the arguments I had against the proposal. Good thing the voters rejected it.

I'll return with more post-election analysis later. Whether it's recycling something from Overnight News Digest: Science Saturday (Obama re-elected edition) or something more original, such as following up on the campaigns I either volunteered for or observed closely, I don't know yet. I'll see how I feel tomorrow.

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