Michigan League of Responsible Voters Recommendations for State Proposals

Proposal 1: Emergency Manager

Background: Authorizes the Governor to appoint an Emergency Manager to make decision in financially distressed communities or school districts.

What it does: Gives non-elected gubernatorial appointees the power to change laws and contracts passed by locally elected officials that voters have chosen. Undermines democracy by preventing locally elected officials from taking any government action to serve residents.

Proposal 1 is opposed by: A. Philip Randolph Institute, AFT Michigan Alliance for Immigrants Rights / Michigan Organizing Project, America Votes, Clean Water Action, Equality Michigan, Michigan AFL-CIO, Michigan AFSCME Council 25, Michigan Education Association, Michigan Laborers Union, One Michigan, Progress Michigan, ROC – Michigan, SEIU Michigan State Council, Sierra Club Michigan Chapter

Proposal 2: Protect Working Families

Background: Constitutional amendment to establish employees’ right to join unions and bargain collectively with public or private employers regarding wages, hours and other terms of employment.

What it does: Collective bargaining levels the playing field and helps ensure good working conditions and a better quality of life for all Michiganders, whether in unions or not. Allows employees to come together with employers to negotiate a fair deal so CEOs aren’t the only ones benefitting from a company’s success.

Proposal 2 is supported by: A. Philip Randolph Institute, ACCESS, AFT Michigan, Alliance for Immigrants Rights / Michigan Organizing Project, America Votes, Clean Water Action, Equality Michigan, Michigan AFL-CIO, Michigan AFSCME Council 25, Michigan Association for Justice, Michigan Education Association, Michigan Laborers Union, One Michigan, Progress Michigan, ROC – Michigan, SEIU Michigan State Council, Sierra Club Michigan Chapter, Sugar Law Center for Economic & Social Justice, UAW, UFCW, Xicano Development Center

Proposal 3: Michigan Energy, Michigan Jobs

Background: Requires utilities to obtain at least 25% of electricity from renewable sources by 2025. Limits consumer rate increases from renewables-related costs to no more than 1% per year; creates incentives to employ Michigan workers and equipment.

What it does: Reduces our state’s dependence on foreign oil and out-of-state energy. Ensures Michigan energy is clean, creating a healthier, safer environment for children. Encourages the production of energy, like wind and solar, here in Michigan, made by Michigan workers

Proposal 3 is supported by: A. Philip Randolph Institute, AFT Michigan, Alliance for Immigrants Rights / Michigan Organizing Project, America Votes, Clean Water Action, Equality Michigan, Michigan AFSCME Council 25, Michigan Association for Justice, Michigan Education Association, Michigan Environmental Council, Michigan Interfaith Power & Light, Michigan League of Conservation Voters, One Michigan, Progress Michigan, ROC – Michigan, SEIU Michigan State Council, Sierra Club Michigan Chapter, Sugar Law Center for Economic & Social Justice, UAW, Xicano Development Center

Proposal 4: Keep Home Care a Safe Choice

Background: Establishes the Michigan Quality Home Care Council to register, background check and provide standards for home care providers.

What it does: Ensures seniors and people with disabilities have an affordable, safe choice of living at home, rather than at more-expensive nursing homes. Links providers with patients, provides for extensive background checks and saves taxpayer dollars since home care is significantly less expensive to taxpayers than nursing homes.

Proposal 4 is supported by: A. Philip Randolph Institute, ACCESS, AFT, Michigan Alliance for Immigrants Rights / Michigan Organizing Project, America Votes, Clean Water Action, Equality Michigan, Michigan AFL-CIO, Michigan AFSCME Council 25, Michigan Association for Justice, Michigan Disability Rights Coalition, Michigan Education Association, Michigan Laborers Union, Michigan League for Human Services, One Michigan, Progress Michigan, ROC – Michigan, SEIU Michigan State Council, Sugar Law Center for Economic & Social Justice, UAW, UFCW

Proposal 5: Supermajority Vote

Background: Would amend the Michigan constitution to require a 2/3 majority vote of the legislature, or a statewide vote of the people at a November election to impose new or additional taxes on taxpayers, expand the base of taxation or increase tax rates.

What it does: Gives a small minority of just 13 state senators the power to stop the closure of tax loopholes or increase taxes in an emergency, even if it was supported by the other 135 members of the legislature. Would lead to larger class sizes, closures of hospitals and decreased police and fire protection, while property taxes increase. Would cost jobs by lowering the state’s bond rating, driving up borrowing costs and increasing debt.

Proposal 5 is opposed by: A. Philip Randolph Institute, AFT, Michigan Alliance for Immigrants Rights / Michigan Organizing Project, America Votes, Clean Water Action, Equality Michigan, Michigan AFL-CIO, Michigan AFSCME Council 25, Michigan Association for Justice, Michigan Education Association, Michigan Environmental Council, Michigan Laborers Union, Michigan League for Human Services, Michigan League of Conservation Voters, One Michigan, Progress Michigan, ROC- Michigan, SEIU Michigan State Council, Sierra Club Michigan Chapter, Sugar Law Center for Economic & Social Justice, UAW, UFCW, Xicano Development Center

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