General election proposals listed

October 6, 2012

The general election is a month away. Below is the wording of each state proposal that will appear on the ballot. Also included is the wording of a proposal in the city of Ludington to extend the term limits of the office of mayor.

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OFFICIAL LIST OF PROPOSALS
11/06/2012 – STATE GENERAL
– MASON COUNTY
STATE PROPOSALS
A REFERENDUM ON PUBLIC ACT 4 OF 2011 –
THE EMERGENCY MANAGER LAW
Public Act 4 of 201 1 would:
Establish criteria to assess the financial condition of local government units, including school
districts.
Authorize Governor to appoint an emergency manager (EM) upon state finding of a financial
emergency, and allow the EM to act in place of local government officials.
Require EM to develop financial and operating plans, which may include modification or
termination of contracts, reorganization of government, and determination of expenditures, services, and
use of assets until the emergency is resolved.
Alternatively, authorize state-appointed review team to enter into a local government approved
consent decree.
Should this law be approved?
A PROPOSAL TO AMEND THE STATE CONSTITUTION
REGARDING COLLECTIVE BARGAINING
This proposal would:
Grant public and private employees the constitutional right to organize and bargain collectively
through labor unions.
Invalidate existing or future state or local laws that limit the ability to join unions and bargain
collectively, and to negotiate and enforce collective bargaining agreements, including employees’ financial
support of their labor unions. Laws may be enacted to prohibit public employees from striking.
Override state laws that regulate hours and conditions of employment to the extent that those laws
conflict with collective bargaining agreements.
Define “employer” as a person or entity employing one or more employees.
Should this proposal be approved?
A PROPOSAL TO AMEND THE STATE CONSTITUTION
TO ESTABLISH A STANDARD FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY
This proposal would:
Require electric utilities to provide at least 25% of their annual retail sales of electricity from
renewable energy sources, which are wind, solar, biomass, and hydropower, by 2025.
Limit to not more than 1% per year electric utility rate increases charged to consumers only to
achieve compliance with the renewable energy standard.

Allow annual extensions of the deadline to meet the 25% standard in order to prevent rate
increases over the 1% limit.
Require the legislature to enact additional laws to encourage the use of Michigan made equipment
and employment of Michigan residents.
Should this proposal be approved?
A PROPOSAL TO AMEND THE STATE CONSTITUTION
TO ESTABLISH THE MICHIGAN QUALITY HOME CARE COUNCIL
AND PROVIDE COLLECTIVE BARGAINING
FOR IN-HOME CARE WORKERS
This proposal would:
Allow in-home care workers to bargain collectively with the Michigan Quality Home Care Council
(MQHCC). Continue the current exclusive representative of in-home care workers until modified in
accordance with labor laws.
Require 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 manage the cost of in-home care. . Preserve patients’ rights to hire in-home care workers who are not referred from the MQHCC
registry who are bargaining unit members. . Authorize the MQHCC to set minimum compensation standards and terms and conditions of
employment.
Should this proposal be approved?
A PROPOSAL TO AMEND THE STATE CONSTITUTION
TO LIMIT THE ENACTMENT OF NEW TAXES BY STATE GOVERNMENT
This proposal would:
Require a 213 majority vote of the State House and the State Senate, or a statewide vote of the people at a
November election, in order for the State of Michigan to impose new or additional taxes on taxpayers or
expand the base of taxation or increasing the rate of taxation.
This section shall in no way be construed to limit or modify tax limitations otherwise created in this
Constitution.
Should this proposal be approved?
A PROPOSAL TO AMEND THE STATE CONSTITUTION
REGARDING CONSTRUCTION OF
OFFICIAL LIST OF PROPOSALS

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.
Create a definition of “new international bridges or tunnels for motor vehicles” that means, “any
bridge or tunnel which is not open to the public and serving traffic as of January 1, 2012.”
Should this proposal be approved?
CITY OF LUDINGTON PROPOSALS
PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO SECTION 3.2 OF THE CHARTER OF THE CITY OF LUDINGTON TO
PERMIT THE MAYOR TO SERVE FIVE (5) 4-YEAR TERMS RATHER THAN THE CURRENT CHARTER
PROVISION WHICH LIMITS THE NUMBER TO THREE (3) 4-YEAR TERMS.
This Charter Amendment is proposed for the purpose of increasing the maximum number of 4-year terms
the Mayor may serve from three (3) terms to five (5) terms.
SHALL THE PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO PART 1, CHAPTER 3, SECTION 3.2 BE ADOPTED?
KALEVA-NORMAN-DICKSON SCHOOL DISTRICT PROPOSALS
This proposal will allow the school district to continue to levy the statutory rate of 18 mills on all property,
except principal residence and other property exempted by law, required for the school district to receive its
revenue per pupil foundation allowance. The remaining 0.728 mills are only available to be levied to restore
millage lost as a result of the reduction required by the “Headlee” amendment to the Michigan Constitution of
1963 and will only be levied to the extent necessary to restore that reduction.
Shall the limitation on the amount of taxes which may be assessed against all property, except principal
residence and other property exempted by law, in Kaleva Norman Dickson School District, Manistee, Lake
and Mason Counties, Michigan, be increased by 18.728 mills ($1 8.728 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation)
for a period of 3 years, 2014, 2015 and 2016, to provide funds for operating purposes; the estimate of the
revenue the school district will collect if the millage is approved and levied in 2014 is approximately
$2,160,000 (this is a renewal of millage which will expire with the 2013 tax levy)?

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