Slideshow: 8 Michigan ballot issues in 80 seconds

POT FOR ADULTS: Would allow anyone over 21 to grow, sell or smoke marijuana for recreation, with tax revenue going to local government and schools.

In 2017: Raised $606,000. Submitted 360,000 signatures

Critics:  “Ill-advised and not in the public interest.”    

Sources: State records released to date; activists’ websites and statements.

PREVAILING WAGE BAN: Repeals law that sets essentially union-scale wages and benefits for state-funding construction projects. Backers say the current law artificially inflates building costs.

In 2017: Raised over $1.3 million. Submitted over 380,000 signatures

Critics: See the ban as an attack on labor that would lower wages and make it harder to get more Michigan workers into the skilled trades. 

Sources: State records released to date; activists’ websites and statements.

REDISTRICTING REFORM: Would take the drawing of legislative boundaries away from the state political party in power and give it to an independent commission to avoid favoring a party or incumbent.  

In 2017: Raised $278,000 this year. Collected 370,000 signatures.

Critics: Would put redistricting decisions in hands of amateurs and give Secretary of State too much power.

Sources: State records released to date; activists’ websites and statements.

PAID SICK LEAVE: Would require companies to provide at least 9 days paid leave when workers, or their family members, are sick (5 days for smaller companies). Michigan currently doesn’t require companies to provide paid sick leave.  

In 2017: Raised $465,000. Won’t disclose signatures.  

Critics: Would put chill on employers who can’t afford that benefit, leading to fewer raises or bonuses and possible layoffs.

Sources: State records released to date; activists’ websites and statements.

PART-TIME LEGISLATURE: Would amend state Constitution to turn Legislature from fulltime to part-time, and lower salaries and benefits.  

In 2017: Raised $887,000. About half the signatures needed.

Critics: With term limits, legislators already lack experience to know what they’re doing; this would make it worse.

Sources: State records released to date; activists’ websites and statements.

POT FOR ALL: Goes far beyond other pot measure by allowing anyone, including children, to smoke, and by not taxing marijuana. 

In 2017: Raised $1,600. Won’t say how many signatures gathered.

Critics: Allows anyone, including children, to smoke.

Sources: State records released to date; activists’ websites and statements.

RAISE MINIMUM WAGE: Would raise minimum wage to $10 an hour by 2019, and $12 by 2022, including for those who currently receive tips. Current law would raise wages to $9.25 in 2018.

In 2017: Raised $510,000. Recently began collecting signatures.

Critics: Eliminating tips would hurt restaurants and reduce jobs.

Sources: State records released to date; activists’ websites and statements.

STOP LINE 5: Would stop crude oil flowing through Enbridge’s aging Line 5 under the Straits of Mackinac, and would require oil going across the Great Lakes to carry high bonds.

In 2017: Raised $3,200. Backers couldn’t be reached on signatures.

Critics: The effort is arbitrary and Line 5 has operated safely for over 60 years.

Sources: State records released to date; activists’ websites and statements.

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