Michigan School Aid Fund Amendment (2012)

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The Michigan School Aid Fund Amendment did not make the November 6, 2012 statewide ballot in Michigan as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. The measure would have restricted the use of the state School Aid Fund to public K-12 schools only.[1]

The proposal, supported by a group of Democractic lawmakers, was developed to prevent proposals like Gov. Rick Snyder's proposal to use School Aid Funds for community college and public university 2012 budgets.[1]

The School Aid Fund was established in 1963 following a constitutional amendment. According to reports, the funds were to have been used for "school districts, higher education and school employees' retirement systems."[1]

Polls

See also: Polls, 2012 ballot measures
  • A EPIC-MRA poll conducted April 27-May 3 found that the proposed measure was supported by 61 percent, while 30 percent were opposed and 9 percent were undecided. The poll surveyed 600 likely voters and had a margin or error of +/- 4 percentage points.[2][3]
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     Position is ahead and at or over 50%     Position is ahead or tied, but under 50%

Date of Poll Pollster In favor Opposed Undecided Number polled
April 27-May 3 EPIC-MRA 61% 30% 9% 600

Path to the ballot

See also: Amending the Michigan Constitution

To place the measure on the ballot, a minimum two-thirds vote was required in both the House and the Senate.

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