Snyder: Many constitutional proposals 'bad public policy' - Fox 2 News Headlines

Snyder: Many constitutional proposals 'bad public policy'

Posted: Updated:

By Robin Schwartz
FOX 2 News Reporter

TRENTON, Mich. -- Governor Rick Snyder made a stop at a firehouse in Trenton to sign a new law he hopes will prevent fake 911 calls.

The governor also stopped to talk about the six ballot proposals up for a vote in November, which address emergency managers, collective bargaining, renewable energy, taxes and building bridges and tunnels.

"Many of these constitutional proposals are largely bad public policy in my perspective, and beyond that I don't think they belong in the constitution anywhere.  That's the point of having a legislature," said Snyder.

The governor said he plans to vote no on all of them except the emergency manager law.  He also said he is disappointed in the UAW's neutral position on Prop 6, which could interfere with a plan to build a new bridge between Detroit and Canada.

"Essentially we have a contract with Canada, and there's long-standing law long before a constitutional amendment to say that could be an impairment of contract," Snyder said.

The governor said if Prop 6 passes, there will be a lawsuit that could drag on for years.  The initiative is backed by Ambassador Bridge owner Matty Moroun, who wants to build his own bridge and has been locked in a battle with the state.

The governor will also be keeping a close eye on Tuesday's town hall-style presidential debate.  The stakes are high with polls showing a tight race between President Obama and Mitt Romney.

"The first debate, I thought Governor Romney did very well in.  And so the question is... how's the president going to respond?  I would expect Governor Romney to continue on that path," Snyder remarked.

Snyder said he hopes the candidates won't waste time arguing about the past and instead will put proposals on the table to reinvent our country.  The big election is now just about three weeks away.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Former "Howard Stern Show" sidekick Artie Lange hospitalized in Royal Oak

    Former "Howard Stern Show" sidekick Artie Lange hospitalized in Royal Oak

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 9:36 PM EDT2014-04-17 01:36:56 GMT
    Former "Howard Stern Show" co-host Artie Lange is in town for an extended stay, but the circumstances are a little puzzling. Lange posted on his Twitter page this week he's been hospitalized "outside Detroit" after going into diabetic shock.
    Former "Howard Stern Show" co-host Artie Lange is in town for an extended stay, but the circumstances are a little puzzling. Lange posted on his Twitter page this week he's been hospitalized "outside Detroit" after going into diabetic shock.
  • Parents unhappy with how principal enforces junk food policy

    Parents unhappy with how principal enforces junk food policy

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 9:35 PM EDT2014-04-17 01:35:15 GMT
    Parents of students at T. Dale Cooke Elementary school in Detroit say the principal is enforcing students to eat healthy in the wrong way.
    Parents of students at T. Dale Cooke Elementary school in Detroit say the principal is enforcing students to eat healthy in the wrong way.
  • Freedom from Religion debate heats up at Warren City Hall

    Freedom from Religion debate heats up at Warren City Hall

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 7:12 PM EDT2014-04-16 23:12:16 GMT
    Is Freedom of Religion the same concept as Freedom from Religion? That's the debate one Warren resident is raising at City Hall.
    Is Freedom of Religion the same concept as Freedom from Religion? That's the debate one Warren resident is raising at City Hall.
Powered by WorldNow

WJBK-TV | Fox 2
16550 West Nine Mile Rd.
Southfield, MI 48075

Main Station: (248) 557-2000
Newsroom: (248) 552-5103

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices