Michigan's popular Proposal 4s
Submitted by murph on 6 December 2008 - 11:35am. michigan | politics
One of my most google-popular posts (ever) seems to be my comments opposing Michigan's Proposal 4 in 2006 - 5,600 visits so far, and about 200 search hits last month. (I'm google's second hit on some searches, right after the State of Michigan.) Are people really that hungry for a two-year old post on meaningless feel-good eminent domain "reform"? Or are there other Prop 4s they're looking for?
It looks like Michigan has only had 2 statewide Proposal 4s:
- 2006 - Proposal 4 - A proposed constitutional amendment to prohibit government from taking private property by eminent domain for certain private purposes - approved 2,914,214 / 724,573
- 2002 - Proposal 4 - A proposal to amend the state constitution to reallocate the "tobacco settlement revenue"
received by the state from cigarette manufacturers. - failed 1,018,644 / 2,011,105
Earlier than about 2000, Michigan Proposals had letters, not numbers. So - why all the attention? I have a hard time believing that 200 people a month care that much about eminent domain reform that had almost no effect. Maybe the 2002 item is the popular one, dedicating tobacco settlement money to health care? (With the Big 3 doing what they're doing right now, I could understand an interest in ideas for health care.)
Alternately, maybe people are looking for local proposals, and just not specifying where? Seems like inefficient searching behavior.