(here's a simple list on about.com with basic info about each proposal.Michigan 2012 Ballot Proposals – Information About Michigan 2012 Ballot Proposals)
Hey fellow Michiganders! I recently got the proposal thing in my mail and I thought that we should discuss a bit on here before election day. (I think it will help me make my mind on some proposals I'm still unsure about) After all, our future depends on us making the right call. So what I ask is to post the proposal, whether you are saying yes or no, and why you have come to that conclusion. I'll start:
Proposal 12-1: A referendum on Public Act 4 of 2011 - The Emergency Manager Law
I say NO. Why? Because, I don't like the sound of the governor Snyder being able to appoint anyone he wants as the emergency manager, who can trample over local state officials in the decisions about developing financial and operating plans.
Proposal 12-2: A proposal to amend the State Constitution regarding collective bargaining
I say YES. Why? Because I agree that workers need the right to organize & bargain with employers to receive a fair contract and a decent living wage, as well as protect workers from devastating cuts to their wages, benefits, working conditions,etc.
Proposal 12-3: A proposal to amend the state constitution to establish a standard for renewable energy
While it looks like a good idea at first, I'm gonna have to say NO. Why? while it may create some jobs as it claims, energy rates are already through the roof in Michigan, passing this proposal could mean higher energy costs for me, you, and every Michigan resident. Besides, providers are already making progress toward renewable energy without this kind of legislation, Michigan has a renewable target of 10%, which providers are making progress on reaching. This might have been a good idea if the economy was in better shape, but right now people are more concerned about whether they'll be able to afford to keep their lights on and their refrigerators running.
Proposal 12-4: A proposal to amend the state constitution to establish the Michigan Quality Home Care Council and provide collective bargaining for in-home care workers
I am currently undecided on this proposal. I think I am going to say no, because the workers and family of the patients shouldn't be required to pay tribute to a union. The proposal sounds like a good idea for patients as it would increase the quality of their care, but I just don't like the sound of it. If families are worried about a carer's background, background checks have never been easier to do with the invention of the internet.
Proposal 12-5: A proposal to amend the state constitution to limit the enactment of new taxes by State Government
I'm also undecided on this issue, but I'm learning toward yes because if you can't get at least 2/3's of the Michigan senate to agree on a tax increase, it probably isn't a good idea. This will help so taxes are raised only when we absolutely need a tax increase. So instead of lawmakers increasing taxes on us already poor citizens, they can cut spending on things we can't afford to spend money on at the moment.
Proposal 12-6: A proposal to amend the State Constitution regarding construction of international bridges and tunnels
I am voting NO because from my research, this seems like an attempt by the Moroun company to make sure that the state doesn't build a bridge to compete with their bridge (if you didn't know, the ambassador bridge is privately owned by the Moroun company). They try to argue that the people should decide before spending tons of tax dollars on this bridge, when Michigan and Canada are already in an agreement that ensures that no Michigan tax dollars will be used for the construction of the new bridge, so this bridge will cost us Michigan taxpayers nothing. I personally believe this new bridge could be good for our economy by increasing the amount of goods coming in and out of Canada, and since it won't cost us a penny, it's a win-win situation for Michigan.
So now it's your guy's turn, I'd love to hear your opinions!