Proposal 3: RENEWABLE ENERGY STANDARD explained. (Narrated photo essays)

A PROPOSAL TO AMEND THE STATE CONSTITUTION TO ESTABLISH A STANDARD FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY

Produced in JRN 203 by: Jake Bross, Casey Krist, Lillian Olson, Jordan Goltz, Brian Bobal, Anthony Ferraro, Matt Ward

Produced in JRN 203 by: Kaylonni Hunter, Molly Mason, Courtney Houldsworth, Autumn Jones, Samantha Watson

Produced in JRN 203 by: Josh Bozin, Orieanna Greathouse, Mary Hennessy, Liz LeCron, Kellie Riter, Chris Ryan

Produced in JRN 203 by: Alissa Brouillet, Mandi Fu, Lia Kamana, Shannon Kogelmann, Chelsea Mongeau, Carmen Scruggs, Cameron Vredeveld

Produced in JRN 203 by: David Fleis, David Reiss, Geoff Preston, Kevin Francisco, Becky Nash, Nick VanderWall, Dan Ray

Produced in JRN 203 by: Jacob Schemmel, Katy Barth, April Jones, Micayla Cummings, Kelsey Puckett

Proposal 6: INT’L BRIDGES AND TUNNELS (Narrated photo essays)

A PROPOSAL TO AMEND THE STATE CONSTITUTION REGARDING CONSTRUCTION OF INTERNATIONAL BRIDGES AND TUNNELS

Produced in JRN 203 by: Michelle Armstead, Laura Butus, Xinyi Chen, Britney Johnson, Ryan Miller, Scott Swanson, Will Thurston

Produced in JRN 203 by: Leah Benoit, Jessica Murray, Mike Moffat, Derek Kim, Leah O’Connor, Arielle Rembert

Bill may increase energy competitiveness; implications for Prop. 3

 

by Matthew Hall

Renewable energy companies could get some of the same tax and funding benefits that fossil fuel companies enjoy under a bill now before the U.S. Congress. f it goes through, Michigan may use it in particular if proposal 3 passes. The Master Limited Partnerships Parity Act would let renewable companies form businesses that are taxed as a partnership yet can be publicly traded as stock. I

This means they could get more investment and pay less tax. “We need to do everything possible to diversify our energy supply and renewable energy sources are a key part of that process,” Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., wrote in an email.

Energy policy by constitutional amendment debated

by Dmitri Barvinok

Voters will determine this November if Michigan will be the first to insert a clean energy requirement into its state constitution. If approved, Proposal 3 will mandate that 25 percent of electricity sold in Michigan comes from renewable energy by the year 2025. The initiative’s nickname is 25 by 25. It is one of six proposals on this fall’s Michigan ballot, and among the five that aim to amend the state constitution. That constitutional mechanism to require such the energy provision is as controversial as the proposal itself.