State issues summaries of proposed ballot initiatives

State election officials have released 100-word summaries of five proposed ballot initiatives that either will appear or may appear on the Nov. 6 ballot.
Tribune News Service
Aug 26, 2012


They released summaries of proposals to repeal the state's emergency manager law, amend the state constitution to increase the state's renewable energy requirement to 25 percent by 2025, and to amend the constitution to provide limited collective bargaining rights to home health care workers, among other changes. All three of those proposals have received final approval for the Nov. 6 ballot.

Also released last week were summaries of a proposed constitutional amendment to require a statewide vote on a new public bridge to Canada and a proposed constitutional amendment to require a two-thirds legislative supermajority on any new tax increase. Those proposals are to be considered Monday by the Board of State Canvassers.

Not released were summaries for proposed constitutional amendments to guarantee collective bargaining rights and to allow eight new casinos in Michigan. Those two proposals were before the courts Friday when the summaries for the five other proposals were released.

The summaries are available on the state of Michigan's web site. They are also reprinted below:

— 1/A referendum on Public Act 4 of 2011 -- the Emergency Manager Law.
Public Act 4 of 2011 would: Establish criteria to determine the financial condition of local government units, including school districts.
Authorize state-appointed review team to enter into a consent decree with a local government, with local government approval.
Authorize Governor to appoint an emergency manager (EM) upon confirmation of a financial emergency, and allow the EM to act in place of local government's governing body and chief administrative officer.
Require EM to develop a financial plan and issue orders to resolve the financial emergency, including modification or termination of contracts and collective bargaining agreements. Repeal Public Act 72 of 1990.
Should this law be approved?

— 2/A proposal to amend the state constitution to establish the Michigan Quality Home Care Council.
This proposal would: Establish the Michigan Quality Home Care Council (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 help manage the cost of hiring in-home care workers.
Allow in-home care workers to bargain collectively with the MQHCC to set minimum compensation standards and terms and conditions of employment.
Preserve patients' rights to hire in-home care workers who are not referred from the MQHCC registry.
Workers are not State employees for any other purpose as a result of this proposal.
Should this proposal be approved?

— 3/A proposal to amend the state constitution to establish a minimum standard for renewable energy.
This proposal would: Require utilities to provide at least 25 pecent of their annual retail sales of electricity from renewable energy sources, including wind, solar, biomass, and hydropower, by 2025.
Cap at 1 percent per year utility rate increases charged to consumers to achieve compliance with the renewable energy standard.
Allow annual extensions of the deadline to meet the 25 percent standard in order to prevent rate increases over 1 percent.
Require the legislature to enact laws to encourage the use of Michigan made equipment.
Should this proposal be approved?

— 4/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. "New international bridges or tunnels for motor vehicles" means, "any bridge or tunnel which is not open to the public and serving traffic as of Jan. 1, 2012."
Should this proposal be approved?

— 5/ A proposal to amend the state constitution to limit the enactment of new taxes by state government.
This proposal would: Prohibit state government from imposing new taxes, expanding the base of taxation, or increasing the rate of taxation, unless there is a vote of two-thirds of the members of each house of the legislature, or there is a statewide vote of Michigan electors.
This section shall in no way be construed to limit or modify tax limitations otherwise created in this Constitution.
Should this proposal be approved?

— From the Detroit Free Press (MCT)


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