League of Women Voters president talks Proposal 1

HOUGHTON – For the May 5 election, Michigan voters will be asked if the current system for funding road repair and maintenance should be restructured, and the Michigan League of Women Voters thinks the issue is so important, the organization’s president is touring the state to talk about it.

Barry Fink, League of Women Voters Copper Country secretary of the board, said Michigan LWV president Sue Smith will be at the Houghton High School auditorium at 7 p.m. April 28 to give details about Proposal 1.

“She has a PowerPoint program…that’s been developed by the state League,” Fink said.

The information for the presentation came from the nonpartisan House and Senate Fiscal Agencies, Fink said.

Although the LWV takes a position on some ballot issues, Fink said a consensus couldn’t be reached for Proposal 1.

“We haven’t taken a position on this one,” she said.

Part of the reason the state organization hasn’t taken a position on Proposal 1 is because the League is restructuring its position on taxation in the state, Fink said, so membership thought Proposal 1 was not an issue on which they should comment.

“It came at a bad time,” she said. “We have very specific criteria when we advocate.”

Fink said after Smith gives her presentation on Proposal 1, audience members will be able to ask questions.

This year is the 95th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. It was ratified by Congress on Aug. 18, 1920, and the LWV was created on Feb. 19, 1920, in anticipation of