Dan Gilbert starts ballot drive to cut Michigan car premiums

CLEVELAND, OH - FEBRUARY 23: Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert sits next to former NBA player Charles Oakley prior to the game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the New York Knicks at Quicken Loans Arena on February 15, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Billionaire businessman Dan Gilbert is starting a ballot drive as a “failsafe” in case Michigan’s Republican-led Legislature and Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer don’t enact legislation to cut the country’s highest auto insurance premiums.

Quicken Loans vice president of government affairs Jared Fleisher said Monday that a ballot committee, Citizens for Lower Auto Insurance Rates, will be created this week.

If Gilbert’s group gathers enough voter signatures, the Legislature could approve the initiative and sidestep a veto. The House and Senate have passed differing bills that Whitmer has criticized, though negotiations are ongoing.

Fleisher says it’d be best if legislators and Whitmer enact a law to reduce rates by letting people opt out of mandatory unlimited medical benefits. But he says signature-gathering must begin soon as a backup.

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  • J.B.

    Funny that she ran half of her campaign on “Fixing” car insurance prices, and the other half “Fixing” the damn roads..
    Now it appears the lipstick is off the pig and that she is really just another run of the mill political hack that is only interested in doing everything and anything but what she promised in election her campaign..

    What a Surprise..Jenny 2.0

    Congratulations Michigan..You sure know how to pick-em…

    • Kenneth E Hoodhood

      This is so true about Michigan. The most corrupt officials in the world I believe. I left this state in 1981 for Oklahoma and I only missed the land, not the dang corrupt political system that was out of control even back then. I lived in Houston and loved it there and once I got hurt my kids talked me into moving back here. It blew my mind how with the same insurance company with the same identical plan and my insurance went from $641 a year full coverage to $1274 a year with the same plan and company. It was explained that the crooked no fault crap that doesn’t pay anything but $500 if you don’t have full coverage. So if I didn’t carry full coverage somebody could hit my car with it completely at fault and all I would get is $500 for a $10,000 vehicle. How absolutely insane the insurance it here and you can’t sue anybody if they have insurance. What a crooked corrupt insurance that the politicians have invented with the insurance companies that never pay crap for an accident. The politicians got a huge kickback for doing that and I can’t believe nobody got tired of it while I was down south. Like I said, the most corrupt politicians in the world with such high taxes and nothing is returned from the taxes so the politicians become rich while nobody gets anything done. Absolute crooks the whole bunch of them but I do love the land up here. I hate the corrupt crooks that rip everybody off just to live high off the land doing nothing but stealing from the state.

  • steve

    Okay, censor. What’s the problem with my comment that got it trashed this time? No profanity, nothing derogatory, nothing but my opinion. What was it that you found so offensive?

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