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Michigan voters divided on Proposition 3

By Tui Rademaker, Daily Staff Reporter
Published October 18, 2012

“Right now we are dealing with the consequences of our heavy investment in coal and our heavy reliance on coal in Michigan, and we’ve seen that in terms of respiratory problems, high childhood asthma rates, and — the most important — pollution in our Great Lakes.”

LSA senior Rachel Jankowski, the chair of the University’s chapter of College Republicans, said the amendment would discourage companies from creating and sustaining jobs in Michigan, a state already riddled with economic troubles.

“I think any kind of restriction like that on a business is going to cost a ton of money,” Jankowski said. “I think the government mandating that we need 25 percent of renewable in the next 12 years is honestly completely unrealistic.”

LSA senior Lauren Coffman, the communications director for the University’s chapter of College Democrats, echoed Irwin’s assertion that the amendment will improve Michigan’s future.

“Proposition 3 will protect the environment and increase our state’s energy independence,” Coffman said. “It will improve economic growth, bringing manufacturing jobs back to Michigan and ensuring a better future for Michigan's residents.”

In a poll conducted by Baydoun Consulting — a Michigan-based political research group — released on Oct. 5, about 40 percent of likely Michigan voters supported the Clean Energy initiative amendment, about 45 percent opposed it and 15 percent of those polled were undecided.

The numbers indicate a significant change in opinion from Baydoun’s September poll, in which about 47 percent of respondents supported the initiative and about 36 percent opposed the measure.