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Michigan Renewable Energy Amendment bludgeoned to death by utilities
Another initiative that would have benefited the people killed by greedy big business.
A Renewable Energy Amendment was on the November 6, 2012 statewide ballot in Michigan as an initiated constitutional amendment were it was defeated. The initiative would have mandated that by 2025, 25% of the state's electricity must come form renewable resources.
Big bucks went into campaigning both for and against the issue. According to the Michigan Campaign Finance Network, opponents had raised $25.9 million to defeat Proposal 2 as of October 26. Those supporting the measure raised $21.9 million over the same period of time.
The ballot push for a constitutional amendment was in-part an attempt by a coalition of unions to sidestep the power of state-appointed emergency managers to modify or terminate contracts under Michigan's Public Act 4. It would also have served as a safeguard against anti-union right-to-work laws.
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