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  •  Any thoughts on the other proposals? (0+ / 0-)

    I live in Ann Arbor, and I am just starting to look into everyone and everything that will be on my ballot. If anyone has any suggestions, let me know.

    •  here's the proposals, you be the judge (0+ / 0-)

      PROPOSAL 12-1
      A REFERENDUM ON PUBLIC ACT 4 OF 2011 -
      THE EMERGENCY MANAGER LAW

      Public Act 4 of 2011 would:

      ·      Establish criteria to assess the financial condition of local government units, including school districts.

      ·      Authorize Governor to appoint an emergency manager (EM) upon state finding of a financial emergency, and allow the EM to act in place of local government officials.

      ·      Require EM to develop financial and operating plans, which may include modification or termination of contracts, reorganization of government, and determination of expenditures, services, and use of assets until the emergency is resolved.

      ·      Alternatively, authorize state-appointed review team to enter into a local government approved consent decree.  

      Should this law be approved?

      PROPOSAL 12-2
      A PROPOSAL TO AMEND THE STATE CONSTITUTION
      REGARDING COLLECTIVE BARGAINING

      This proposal would:

      ·      Grant public and private employees the constitutional right to organize and bargain collectively through labor unions.

      ·      Invalidate existing or future state or local laws that limit the ability to join unions and bargain collectively, and to negotiate and enforce collective bargaining agreements, including employees' financial support of their labor unions.  Laws may be enacted to prohibit public employees from striking.

      ·      Override state laws that regulate hours and conditions of employment to the extent that those laws conflict with collective bargaining agreements.  

      ·      Define "employer" as a person or entity employing one or more employees.

      Should this proposal be approved?

      PROPOSAL 12-3
      A PROPOSAL TO AMEND THE STATE CONSTITUTION
      TO ESTABLISH A STANDARD FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY

      This proposal would:

      ·      Require electric utilities to provide at least 25% of their annual retail sales of electricity from renewable energy sources, which are wind, solar, biomass, and hydropower, by 2025.  

      ·      Limit to not more than 1% per year electric utility rate increases charged to consumers only to achieve compliance with the renewable energy standard.

      ·      Allow annual extensions of the deadline to meet the 25% standard in order to prevent rate increases over the 1% limit.  

      ·      Require the legislature to enact additional laws to encourage the use of Michigan made equipment and employment of Michigan residents.

      Should this proposal be approved?

      PROPOSAL 12-4
      A PROPOSAL TO AMEND THE STATE CONSTITUTION
      TO ESTABLISH THE MICHIGAN QUALITY HOME CARE COUNCIL
      AND PROVIDE COLLECTIVE BARGAINING
      FOR IN-HOME CARE WORKERS

      This proposal would:

      ·      Allow in-home care workers to bargain collectively with the Michigan Quality Home Care Council (MQHCC).  Continue the current exclusive representative of in-home care workers until modified in accordance with labor laws.

      ·      Require MQHCC to provide training for in-home care workers, create a registry of workers who pass background checks, and provide financial services to patients to manage the cost of in-home care.

      ·      Preserve patients' rights to hire in-home care workers who are not referred from the MQHCC registry who are bargaining unit members.

      ·      Authorize the MQHCC to set minimum compensation standards and terms and conditions of employment.

      Should this proposal be approved?

      PROPOSAL 12-5
      A PROPOSAL TO AMEND THE STATE CONSTITUTION
      TO LIMIT THE ENACTMENT OF NEW TAXES BY STATE GOVERNMENT

      This proposal would:

      Require a 2/3 majority vote of the State House and the State Senate, or a statewide vote of the people at a November election, in order for the State of Michigan to impose new or additional taxes on taxpayers or expand the base of taxation or increasing the rate of taxation.

      This section shall in no way be construed to limit or modify tax limitations otherwise created in this Constitution.

      Should this proposal be approved?

      PROPOSAL 12-6
      A PROPOSAL TO AMEND THE STATE CONSTITUTION
      REGARDING CONSTRUCTION OF
      INTERNATIONAL BRIDGES AND TUNNELS

      This proposal would:

      ·      Require the approval of a majority of voters at a statewide election and in each municipality where "new international bridges or tunnels for motor vehicles" are to be located before the State of Michigan may expend state funds or resources for acquiring land, designing, soliciting bids for, constructing, financing, or promoting new international bridges or tunnels.  

      ·      Create a definition of "new international bridges or tunnels for motor vehicles" that means, "any bridge or tunnel which is not open to the public and serving traffic as of January 1, 2012."  

      Should this proposal be approved?
       

      Be alert, look alive, and act like you know.

      by cheese weasel on Wed Sep 26, 2012 at 10:08:52 PM PDT

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    •  Yes, here are some (0+ / 0-)

      Proposals 2, 3 & 4 will all help stabilize worker rights and/or create jobs in Michigan.  Proposal 1 deals with the State governments "right" to overtake a democratically elected local government in financial straits.  Proposal 5 would make it basically impossible for taxes ever to be raised again in the state of Michigan regardless of the need and Proposal 6 is approval of a new bridge between US & Canada.  I am voting Yes on 2,3,4, & 6 and No on 1 & 5.  I definitely want a 2nd bridge between the US & Canada for various reasons--we are paying basically $0 for the bridge (mostly funded by Canada with US government paying for our toll plaza--TV and radio commercials are lying about what we will pay), it will open up another option on the monopoly that rightwing billionaire Manny Moroun has on the existing bridge and is good for travel and trade.

      •  Proposal 12-6 will (0+ / 0-)

        "Require the approval of a majority of voters at a statewide election and in each municipality where 'new international bridges or tunnels for motor vehicles' are to be located before the State of Michigan"
        which, as I read it, means that there will be the extra hurdle of voter approval to get the bridge. With that in mind, I would have expected you to vote against it.
        Am I missing something?

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