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Michigan School Aid Fund Amendment (2012)

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The Michigan School Aid Fund Amendment may be on the November 6, 2012 statewide ballot in Michigan as an legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. The measure would restrict 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 are to be 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 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.

See also

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Additional reading

Editorials

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Detroit Free Press,"Democrats push for amendment to protect K-12 funding," March 29, 2011
  2. Battle Creek Enquirer,"Poll: Michigan voters say they want to fund schools - but oppose tax increases," May 12, 2011
  3. EPIC-MRA,"April/May 2011 poll," retrieved May 17, 2011