Statewide Ballot Proposal Forums

Date: October 22, 2012
Time: Various Times
Location: Various Locations
Contact: Sean Corp, 517-432-1555, ext. 222,

On Nov. 6 millions of residents in Michigan will vote on a number of candidates and issues, including six state-wide ballot proposals – more than any election in the past 30 years. Five of the six proposals involve an amendment to the Michigan Constitution.

On Oct. 22 and Oct. 24, MSU Extension will host forums at nine locations throughout the state, allowing the public to get an unbiased overview of the statewide ballot proposals from policy experts.  

Those attending the forums will be shown a brief overview of both sides of each ballot proposal and will also have the ability to ask questions of the individual policy experts. Those experts will be housed on the campus at MSU and will talk to and take questions from forum attendees via a streaming teleconference.

MSU Extension educators will also be at each site and will facilitate discussion among attendees at each forum.

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  • On Proposal 1 (Emergency Manager Law) and Proposition 5 (Supermajority Vote on Taxes)
    Eric Scorsone – MSU Extension specialist and professor of economics, who is an expert in local government public finance and state fiscal issues.
  • On Proposal 2 (Collective Bargaining)
    Peter Berg –Professor in the School of Human Resources and Labor Relations at MSU, who specializes in collective bargaining.
  • On Proposal 3 (Renewable Energy Standards)
    Bill Knudson – MSU Product Center’s product marketing economist, who focuses on renewable energy markets.
  • On Proposal 6 (Bridge Construction)
    Mark Wyckoff — Senior associate director of the Land Policy Institute, who has extensive experience in urban planning and policy.  


    Oct. 22, forums will be held at:

    Alcona Public Library, Harrisville Branch
    312 West Main (M-72) Harrisville, MI 48740
    7-9 p.m.
    Contact: Bonnie Wichtner-Zoia, 989-724-6796

    Lake Superior State University Library -  Room 203
    906 Ryan Street, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783
    7-9 p.m.
    Contact: Brad Neumann, 906-475-5731,

    Van Buren Conference Center
    490 S. Paw Paw Street, Lawrence MI 49064
    6:30-9 p.m.
    Contact: Julie Pioch, 269-657-8213,

    MSU Extension Western Wayne Office
    5454 Venoy Road, Wayne MI 48184
    6:30-8:45 p.m.
    Contact: Richard Wooten, 734-727-7234,

    Oct. 24 forums will be held at:

    Mott Community College Main Campus, Regional Technology Center
    1401 E. Court St., Flint, MI 48503
    6 – 9 p.m.
    Contact: Darren Bagley,

    Northwestern Michigan College - Great Lakes Campus, Hagerty Center, Room A
    715 E. Front St., Traverse City, MI 496869
    6:30- 9 p.m.
    Contact: Ann Chastain,, or Bethany Prykucki,

    BHK Child Development Center
    700 Park Ave., Houghton, MI 49931
    6:30-9 p.m.
    Contact:  Mike Schira, or Heather Store, 906-482-3663,

    MSU Extension Office Assembly Rooms
    21885 Dunham Road, Entrance E, Clinton Township, MI 48036
    6:30-9 p.m.
    Contact: Terry Gibb, 586-469-6440,

    Pierce Cedar Creek Institute
    701 W. Cloverdale Road, Hastings, MI 49058
    7-9 p.m.
    Contact: Julie Pioch,  

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