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Lessenberry on local elections, ballot proposals, and Line 5

people in voting booths
Steve Carmody
Michigan Radio
Michigan voters approved school funding, voted down wind farms in Huron County.

Last night (May 2) voters in Ann Arbor and Kent County approved funding for schools. Two proposals that would have allowed the construction of wind farms spanning several townships in Huron County were defeated.

Senior news analyst Jack Lessenberry tells Morning Edition host Doug Tribou what surprised him about the results. They also talked about the likelihood of two issues getting put on the 2018 ballot. One would legalize recreational marijuana, and the other would force the shutdown of the oil and gas pipeline known as Line 5 that runs under the Straits of Mackinac. They also spoke about a planin Lansing to integrate physical and mental health care.

In full disclosure, Line 5 is owned by Enbridge Energy, a financial supporter of Michigan Radio.

Doug Tribou joined the Michigan Public staff as the host of Morning Edition in 2016. Doug first moved to Michigan in 2015 when he was awarded a Knight-Wallace journalism fellowship at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
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