What’s the harm in a ballot selfie?

Capital News Service
LANSING– Pics or it didn’t happen. That’s a phrase many millennials have come to live by in the age of smartphones, social media and selfies. But when it comes to casting your ballot, Michigan law doesn’t quite agree. Many voters will soon cast ballots in a booth or at home. Regardless of where or when you’re voting, documenting your ballot with a photo is against state law.

'Supermajority' proposal pumps up super debate

Capital News Service
LANSING – It would be tougher for lawmakers to raise or alter the mix of state taxes if Michigan joins a minority of other states in requiring approved by a legislative “supermajority” to approve. A November ballot issue would require a two-thirds vote in the Legislature or a statewide vote to approve additional taxes. Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard said the “supermajority” proposal will force a higher level of consensus among lawmakers before raising taxes. He is honorary chair of the Michigan Alliance for Prosperity, a coalition that supports Proposal 5. “They need to make decisions to raise taxes after they have done everything else possible first,” Bouchard said.

Emergency manager law fate on November ballot

Capital News Service
LANSING — Voters are poised the fate of Public Act 4, better known as Michigan’s controversial Emergency Manager Law. Among the six ballot proposals to be decided in November, Proposal 1 asks voters to approve the law that authorizes the governor to appoint an emergency manager to make decisions for financially distressed school districts and local governments. The Legislature passed Public Act 4 last year but it has been suspended pending the results of the Nov. 6 election. Supporters of the law argue that the measure is essential to assist hard-pressed communities avoid financial ruin by temporarily superseding the authority of local elected officials.