Proposal 1 on the November 2, 2010 general election ballot will ask voters whether or not a Constitutional Convention should be convened to redraft the state’s Constitution. It is a provision of the current Constitution that the question be automatically placed before the voters every 16 years. If approved, primary and general elections would be held in February and May of 2011 to select 148 convention delegates on a partisan basis. The last time a convention was held, the entire process from beginning to end took over two years.
Michigan cannot afford to effectively be put on “pause” for two years or more while a Con-Con does its work. It will cost the state at least $45million to hold the special elections and conduct the actual Constitutional Convention. Most importantly, a Con-Con will create even more uncertainty and anxiety for Michigan’s job providers and schools, community colleges and universities as critical investments, initiatives, and reforms will be delayed.
Leading groups representing agriculture, education, faith, manufacturing, labor, business – both large and small, transportation and infrastructure, real estate, and medicine have joined together to urge voters to reject Proposal 1.
The following chambers that make up the Northern Michigan Regional Chamber Alliance are also opposed to this initiative.
Benzie County Chamber of Commerce
Cadillac Area Chamber or Commerce
Charlevoix County Chamber of Commerce
Petoskey Regional Chamber of Commerce
Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce
For more information, please visit www.NoMichiganConCon.com.