LANSING – The Michigan Democratic Party today announced ballot questions it will be considering placing on the November 2010 general election ballot. They include:
Mandating all employers to provide affordable health care for their employees and dependents or pay a penalty.
Raising the minimum wage from $7.40/hour to $10/hour and covering all workers with no exceptions.
Increasing unemployment benefits by $100/week, making all workers eligible and adding six months to the time one can receive benefits.
Cutting utility rates by 20%.
Imposing a one-year moratorium on home foreclosures.
“People of Michigan should be asking their government and their elected officials: ‘Whose side are you on?’” said Michigan Democratic Party Chair Mark Brewer. “While the greedy corporate CEO’s of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Detroit Regional Chamber, and Detroit Renaissance are worried only about their selfish interests, the Michigan Democratic Party is focused on helping all the people of Michigan get through these tough economic times.”
“The corporate special interests are using these tough times to advance the same tired old agenda – cut jobs, wages, and benefits; reduce services; and shift taxes onto the middle class and the poor,” observed Brewer. “These proposals put people first and will help millions of Michigan citizens.”
The MDP will be conducting an online survey of Democratic activists on these ballot questions as it decides which of these proposals to put on the ballot next year. Polling company Denno – Noor, LLC will be conducting the poll.