Source: Sherman Publications

Phil in the Blank A column by Phil Custodio
Crack open that ole Constitution

September 12, 2012

There are a lot of ballot initiatives to vote on this November, including five proposed amendments to the Michigan constitution.

Times have changed. Two of the proposals are to strengthen unions – partially unionizing home healthcare workers and making collective bargaining a right. Having these measures in the cradle of the union movement doesn’t bode well for our unionized brothers and sisters.

A third is to require voters to approve any new bridge or tunnel to Canada, which seems awfully specific for a constitutional amendment. Fourth, require a 2/3 majority in the state house or statewide vote to increase taxes.

The last one is to mandate renewable energy in Michigan, 25 percent by 2025 – “25 by 25.”

It’s catchy, with "25" in there twice. It'll create 74,000-94,000 jobs to Michigan, supporters say.

What would be nice is if there were some way to hold whoever came up with those numbers to account. Something like, if it creates fewer jobs, if it only creates 73,999 jobs, go to prison until 2025. They can call it something like, "if the numbers don't jive, you go to prison until 2025," or something.

Independent Tea Party Patriots host a Ballot Proposal Educational Meeting this evening, 6:30 p.m., at Fountains Golf and Banquet Center, 6060 Maybee Road, which I’ll be checking out.

Manny Lopez, managing editor of Michigan Capitol Confidential, will present information – check

I’ll check other sources, too.


Eleven years after Sept. 11, 2001, New York’s doing pretty good building the Freedom Tower complex, and they finally got the museum open. Stories are still coming out about the attacks.

Apparently a man wrote a note while trapped high in the World Trade Center, and it finally reached his family. He wrote “84th floor, West Office, 12 people trapped – it just changes everything.”

It did change everything.