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The Defeat of Proposal 1: What Happens Next?

May 8, 2015 – Matt Gillard, President & CEO of Michigan’s Children, addresses the defeat of Proposal 1, and how Michigan’s Children will
monitor alternative proposals to fund the state’s roads while working to ensure that important programs and services for children and families are preserved.



Gillard’s Op Ed on Prop 1

In this Detroit News commentary, Michigan’s Children President & CEO Matt Gillard discusses the prospects for new investments in education, children and communities should Proposal 1 be approved by voters on May 5.  Read “Gillard: Pass Prop 1, for the children” on our Resources page.  Also, newspapers across the state have overwhelming endorsed Prop 1. Read the latest opinion from the Lansing State Journal here.

Promote Prop 1 on Social Media

Are you a social media user?  Help promote passage of Proposal 1 on Tuesday’s statewide ballot by using these sample Facebook and Twitter messages.  Advocate for solid investments in schools, municipalities and roads with just your laptop or smart phone.

Just the Facts from MASA

The Michigan Association of School Administrators (MASA) has created some neutral messaging for schools and municipalities for discussing the statewide ballot issue, Proposal 1.  See the MASA website for “What Every Citizen Should Know” materials, including a printable poster, postcards, flyer, a PowerPoint and sample press releases.


Why This Election Matters

The May 5 statewide ballot proposal presents an important decision for voters who care about road safety, education for kids and help for low-income families. It’s critical that people who care about children, youth and families research these issues and take the time to vote. The measure, if approved, will guarantee that fuel taxes will be used exclusively for transportation safety — better roads and bridges — and that additional sales tax dollars will go to schools, local governments, mass transit and restoring the Earned Income Tax Credit for struggling families. More for roads, schools, communities and families.Remember. Children can’t vote. That’s why you should.


Who We Are

The Michigan’s Children Sandbox Party is the state’s leading non-partisan grassroots advocacy network for children, youth and families. We advance state policies, practices and investments that support health, development and learning from cradle to career.