Promote the Vote 2022 aims to protect and expand voting options and access to the ballot.
In 2018, voters overwhelmingly passed Proposition 3 which improved access to absentee voting and helped ensure a record number of Michigan voters were able to cast their ballots during the pandemic. Now this election offers voters another opportunity to protect access to the ballot by ensuring voting options are solidified in our state constitution. As far right elected officials seek to limit that access and make it harder for Michiganders to make their voices heard, it has never been more important to pass ballot proposals like Promote the Vote 2022.
In November 2022, Ann Arbor residents will vote on a proposal to fund the City’s A2 Zero Action Plan, which outlines a just and equitable transition to carbon neutrality by 2030 and creates an opportunity for Ann Arbor to lead the way in climate action with effective, long-term solutions. The funds would come from a $1 million increase in city property taxes that will take place over the next 20 years.
What will the millage funding pay for?
- Move the city toward a zero waste, circular economy
- Advance the use of renewable energy, such as community solar, district geothermal, and new and expanded product discount pricing
- Provide services to help low-income residents, including seniors, save money and improve comfort, including a net zero energy program for all affordable housing sites
- Support energy efficiency improvements for residents and businesses that make their buildings more comfortable, save them money, and reduce carbon emissions
- Advance neighborhood and community preparedness for climate change
- Expand walking paths and bike lanes throughout the city
- Expand EV charging access, especially for renters and multi-family developments, and support “beneficial electrification” of clean electric appliances and heating/cooling
Proposal 1 (statewide)
- Change term limits for state legislators from three 2-year terms (6 years) in the state House and two 4-year terms (8 years) in the state Senate to 12 combined years in the Legislature in either chamber
- Require elected state legislative and executive officials to file annual financial disclosure reports on their income, assets, liabilities, gifts from lobbyists, positions held in certain organizations, and agreements on future employment
County Transit Millages
Michigan LCV also endorsed the tri-county transit millages appearing on the ballot this November in Oakland, Macomb and Wayne Counties.
The transit millages will do the following:
Macomb County Public Transportation Millage
- A renewal of the 0.95 mill funding to keep the SMART buses rolling for another five years
- While SMART has been serving Macomb County for more than twenty years, in 2018, the renewal proposal came within 40 votes of being defeated and all transit services ended in Macomb after a misleading right-wing ad campaign.
Oakland County Public Transportation Millage
- A 0.95 mill levy for ten years to fund public transit throughout all of Oakland County, which will:
- Maintain existing SMART services, replacing its expiring millage
- Fund Oakland County, SMART, and rural transit providers
- Create new and expand bus routes connecting more of Oakland County
- Expand services for seniors, veterans, and people with disabilities countywide
- Not only renew existing SMART transit, but finally extend transit into Novi, Rochester, and other communities where you currently can’t go if you don’t drive.
Wayne County Public Transit Authority Millage
- Renewal of the 0.994 mill funding in current Wayne County SMART communities for another four years
- The SMART communities in Wayne County have long supported the millage renewal.