November 2012 proposals

November 2012 proposals

November 2012 proposals

Danielle Kennedy

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These are the proposals that you can expect to see on November 2012 ballot. Proposal 2 through proposal five are constitutional ammendments, which would be adopted into the Michigan Constitution of 1963.

Information for the proposals can be found at and


  • Proposal 12-1: A referendum on Public Act 4 of 2011: The Emergency Manager Law which would establish criteria to assess a section of local government’s financial condition. It would allow the governor to appoint an emergency manager that would act in place of local government officials in times of financial emergency. The financial manager would be required to develop operating and financial plans.
  • Proposal 12-2: This would amend the state constitution in regards to collective bargaining. This proposal would override state laws in regards to the conditions and hours of employment that conflict with collective bargaining agreement. Public and private employees would be granted the constitutional right to bargain and organize through labor unions. Employer would be defined as a person or entity that employs one or more employees. It would also void local laws that limit an employee’s ability to join unions and bargain collectively.
  • Proposal 12-3: This would amend the state constitution to establish a standard for renewable energy. Electric utilities would be required to draw 25 percent of their retail from renewable resources. This proposal would limit no more than one percent per year electric utility rate increases that may be charged to customers in order for the providers to comply with the renewable energy standards. Annual extensions would be allowed to meet the 25 percent standard in order to prevent that increase.
  • Proposal 12-4: This would amend the state constitution to establish the Michigan Quality Home Care Council and provide collective bargaining for in-home care workers. This would allow in-home care workers to bargain collectively with the Michigan Quality Home Care Council, and require the council to provide training for the workers. They would also have to create a registry of workers who have passed background checks, and provide financial services to patients. Patients would still have the right to hire in-home care workers who are not referred by the council.
  • Proposal 12-5: This would amend the state constitution to limit the enactment of new taxes by state government. This proposal would prevent the imposition of new taxes, or an expansion of existing taxes, by the State of Michigan, unless approved by 2/3 of the State House and the State Senate, or by a state wide vote of the people.
  • Proposal 12-6: This would amend the state constitution regarding construction of international bridges and tunnels. A majority of votes at a statewide election would be required before the State of Michigan can finance or construct an international bridge or tunnel for motor vehicles.

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