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Locals join Sikkema to oppose renewable energy proposal


KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- Opponents of Proposal Three - the Renewable Energy Amendment - used Kalamazoo as a backdrop to gather and talk about why they feel the proposal is a bad idea.

"It's not that renewable energy is a bad idea - in fact, Michigan is on a pretty aggressive path to doubling our commitment to renewable energy in about two years," former Senator Ken Sikkema - now a senior policy fellow with Public Sector Consultants - told WKZO.

"The problem with prop three is that it's a dramatically expensive proposal," Sikkema said.

Sikkema was joined by a panel of participants including Senator Tonya Schuitmaker (R-Lawton), Representative Margaret O'Brien (R-Portage) and Dale Shugars, executive director of the Kalamazoo Home Builders Association.

"One of the chief problems...is that it would lock it into our constitution, something that no other state has done," Sikkema said. "You lose flexibility when you do that."

Supporters of the proposal believe it would attract new investment in Michigan - perhaps as much as $10 billion - and provide 40,000 new jobs.

Hear the interview with Ken Sikkema from The Lori Moore Show here.