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.
THE 'COLLECTIVE BARGAINING' AMENDMENT
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.
'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.
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.
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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