Proposal 1:

REFERENDUM ON THE EMERGENCY MANAGER LAW

Referendum on a 2011 state law that expanded the authority of state-appointed emergency managers in fiscally failing school districts and local governments. The expanded powers include invalidating government union labor agreement provisions.

Proposal 2:

THE 'COLLECTIVE BARGAINING' AMENDMENT

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This proposal would enshrine union collective bargaining power in the Michigan Constitution. It would allow government unions to overrule a multitude of laws at the bargaining table – laws that were passed by elected representatives.

Proposal 3:

'25 x 25' RENEWABLE ENERGY STANDARD

This proposal would mandate in the state constitution that 25 percent of Michigan’s energy come from renewable sources – such as wind, solar and biomass – by 2025. The accompanying increased cost to renewable energy will make it even less competitive with traditional energy sources.

Proposal 4:

THE UNIONIZATION OF HOME-BASED CAREGIVERS

This proposal would allow a continuation of the statewide unionization of people who care for disabled adults in their own homes. The majority of these home-based caregivers are caring for family members. The Legislature has already enacted two laws – 2012 PA 45 and 2012 PA 76 – in an effort to end this illegal unionization.

Proposal 5:

THE TWO-THIRDS MAJORITY TAX LIMITATION

This proposal would require a two-thirds majority of the Michigan House and the Michigan Senate for a state tax to be imposed, increased or broadened. Existing tax limitations in the Michigan Constitution would remain unaffected.


Michigan voters will face a multitude of ballot proposals when they go to the polls this November. Several proposals involve special constituencies, particularly public-sector unions.

The “collective bargaining” amendment, for example, would allow unions’ unprecedented power over legislators. Another measure would provide constitutional protection for the unionization of home-based caregivers who receive Medicaid payments.

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To access our full range of information on these proposals, visit the Mackinac Center’s homepage for all ballot-related information at www.MIBallot2012.org.

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