Michigan Report for Friday, May 1, 2015

As Vote Nears On Proposal 1, Tempered Expectations

A combination of anecdotal reports of voter resistance toward Proposal 15-1 and polling suggesting the measure to raise funding roads faces a lopsided defeat Tuesday has supporters trying to maintain optimism even as they also acknowledge victory looks difficult.

During the four months leading up to the Tuesday vote, one story repeatedly told by supporters, legislators and others who have spoken to town halls and other groups is that they initially encounter hostility toward Proposal 1. Once they explain the specifics of the proposal and the reasons it was constructed, they find voters become more open to it.

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