HomePublicationsNewsletter ArchiveNewslettersVolume 18Issue 20Citizens For More Michigan Jobs Files Petition Signatures with State

On June 27, 2012, Citizens for More Michigan Jobs (CMMJ) announced that it had collected enough petition signatures to have its ballot initiative placed on the November ballot. The CMMJ ballot initiative seeks to authorize an additional eight commercial gaming establishments in the state.

According to recent reports, the CMMJ announced that it was able to collect 509,777 signatures.  The eight casinos authorized under the initiative would be located in the following areas: Detroit, Grand Rapids, Birch Run, Romulus, Clinton Township, Cadillac, Pontiac, and Lansing.

The State Board of Canvassers will now randomly select a sample of signatures to check for validity of the submitted signatures. 

With the proposal of the new casinos, CMMJ is seeking to increase the wagering tax from 19 percent to 23 percent.  The group also says that the new developments will add $275 million annually in state revenue along with an estimated 16,000 jobs.

Protect MI Vote, a group that is opposed to the ballot initiative, has argued that the proposal would eliminate local communities’ right to vote on the casinos and has begun running a targeted campaign against the ballot initiative. FireKeepers Casino has also announced its opposition, holding an informational meeting on June 7, 2012 that detailed its arguments against the measure.

 

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