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Politics & Government

MI Supreme Court says Detroiters can vote on Proposal P

The Detroit skyline as seen from across the Detroit River.
Lester Graham
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Michigan Radio

Proposal P will be decided by the voters of Detroit.

The Michigan Supreme Court is upholding the placement of the ballot question to adopt a new city charter.

According to the state Supreme Court, the Detroit Charter Revision Commission is allowed to submit its proposals without Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s approval. Whitmer rejected the charter earlier this year.

Concurring with the Court’s judgement, Justice Elizabeth Welch writes that granting that kind of veto power to the Governor would effectively disenfranchise the political voice of a large swathe of Michigan’s electorate.

Opponents to Proposal P include Mayor Mike Duggan and various business groups in Detroit. They say the new charter would be too expensive to implement. Supporters say those assessments are inaccurate. And that the charter provides a pathway to public Internet, affordable water, and reparations.

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