League of Women Voters to hold annual meeting

HANCOCK – The League of Women Voters of the Copper Country will conduct its annual meeting Saturday, and State Rep. Scott Dianda, D-Calumet, will speak at the meeting.

Barry Fink, LWVCC secretary of the board, said the meeting begins at 11:30 a.m. Saturday in the Portage Room at the Ramada Inn in Hancock. Although the meeting is for organization business, the public is invited to hear Dianda and ask him questions after he speaks.

Fink said she expects Dianda will speak about what he’s working on in Lansing. He may also speak about Proposal 1 on the May 5 Michigan ballot, which is intended to increase funding available for road repairs. Proposal 1, if approved, would: raise the state sales tax from 6 percent to 7 percent and eliminate the sales tax on gasoline and diesel; increase the portion of tax for the School Aid Fund; expand SAF to community colleges and technical education, but prohibit its use by four-year colleges; increase the gasoline and diesel fuel tax adjusted annually for inflation, and dedicate revenue for roads and other transportation purposes; expand competitive bidding and warranties for road projects; and increase earned-income tax credit.

After Dianda speaks, Fink said there will be a question and answer period.

This year is the 95th anniversary of the 19th amendment to the United States Constitution, which gave women the right to vote, and Barry said the LWV will celebrate it.

“We’ll recognize that in our history,” she said.

There will be a more in-depth discussion of Proposal 1 with state LWV President Sue Smith at 7 p.m. April 28 at the Houghton High School auditorium, Fink said.

There will be a lunch available at the meeting, Fink said, but those who want it will have to pay for it.