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What Are Michigan's 2012 Ballot Proposals?

On Nov. 6, Dearborn voters will face yes or no vote on six statewide proposals, ranging from a new bridge to Canada to the emergency manager law.

Michigan voters will have to make many decisions in the November election, including yes or no votes on six state proposals on issues that range from a new bridge to Canada to collective bargaining.

Here are the six state proposals on the Nov. 6 ballot in Michigan.

  • Proposal 12-1: The Emergency Manager Law would expand the powers of emergency managers in municipalities and school districts and allow the governor to appoint emergency managers.
  • Proposal 12-2: Right to Collective Bargaining is a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would make collective bargaining a right for public and private workers.
  • Proposal 12-3: Renewable Energy Standard is a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would require 25 percent of the state’s electricity to come from renewable energy sources.
  • Proposal 12-4: Quality Home Care is a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would give home health care workers limited collective bargaining rights.
  • Proposal 12-5: Limit Enactment of New State Taxes is a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would require a two-thirds majority of the state legislature or a statewide vote to raise state taxes.
  • Proposal 12-6: Require Vote on International Bridges is a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would require a statewide vote to build international bridges or tunnels. This would affect the New International Trade Crossing (or new bridge to Canada).

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Several local groups have taken a stance on some of the ballot issues.

  • The Arab American Political Action Committee's slate for the Nov. 6 election urges residents to vote down all proposals except Prop. 2.
  • ACCESS has taken a position on proposals 2, 4 and 6. They support home health care and the "Protect Our Jobs" amendment, but are against the bridge proposal.
  • Dearborn Firefighters Local 412 has come out in support of proposal 2.

For more information on the state ballot proposals, go to Vote411.org and to Ballotpedia.

How would you vote on these proposals?

Charles L Walls November 02, 2012 at 01:47 PM
ALL of these proposals seek constitutional support for SPECIAL INTERESTS. They all serve to benefit some special group, and all but #1 and #6 imply unknown increased COST to the general public. They do NOT serve the general public. NONE should be approved!
Lee Jacobsen November 06, 2012 at 12:57 AM
Number one makes sense. Otherwise you have gridlock, like in Detroit. All the rest do not serve the general public and should be a vote of NO Yes on #1, no on all the rest..
John November 06, 2012 at 02:01 PM
Oh so no too all the rest, so big company can file for bankruptcy on paper just to bust all contracts for auto workers, teachers, policeman, nurses, all the people that need a contract to keep great pay and benefits. Big corporations would pay American worker nothing and no or very little healthcare if they could and pocket all the money like foreign company's do everyday in there country's , overtime and good healthcare, min wages all came from union contracts.. If we don't protect the people here, we are going to end up living like other country's. we need to stop shipping all our work over seas , keep our skilled work force here, 30 years ago we all made great money and America was great, everyone was working and people could buy nice dinners and nice things. The more we ship out of the country and the more we let big corporation bust contract, it is only a matter of time and there will no good paying job left here to get.
Ishmael November 06, 2012 at 02:38 PM
Agree with Lee Jacobsen. California's government has been paralyzed for years because of special interest meddling in the state constitution - with proposals like these. Prop 1 is the only one that is anti-gridlock. Yes on prop 1, No on all the rest.
Lee Jacobsen November 06, 2012 at 04:15 PM
John, you are correct to have concerns. Obamacare forces you to pay for all of your healthcare insurance, companies won't have enough profit left to help out, and are not in the healthcare business in the first place. Many will just drop the coverage all together, and pay the 2 or 3 thousand dollar fine. That is a lot less to pay than the 18-20 grand for current healthcare coverage per family of four. That leaves you to go to the Obamacare exchanges, and pay the high bucks yourself. Businesses survive by making a profit. The world's highest corporate taxes , 45% , are right here in the good ole USA. England's tax rate is 22%. Ireland, 11%. Which tax rate would you choose to pay? Exactly!! Romney wants to lower our tax rate to 20%, drawn the companies back to the USA, and that means jobs coming back as well. More jobs, more taxpayers, more taxes paid, less debt and a balanced budget are the result. Basic business , Obama has none, Romney is proven.....he can turn the USA economy around.

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