Video: Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley Speaks out on Ballot Proposals

By Mike Brownfield | October 10, 2012


On November 6, 2012, Michigan voters will decide six ballot proposals that will impact the state's future. Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley is joining Governor Rick Snyder in speaking out on those proposals and their consequences:

PROPOSAL ONE - Michigan's Emergency Manager Law

Proposal 1 will decide whether or not to keep Public Act 4 -- the emergency manager law, which was passed by the Legislature and signed by Gov. Rick Snyder to help financially struggling cities and schools efficiently and effectively get back on a solid financial footing.

PROPOSAL TWO - The "Back in Time" Amendment

Proposal 2 would put in the constitution the right to organize and bargain collectively through labor unions, eliminating hundreds of existing labor laws in the process. While benefitting few Michiganders if approved, it would roll back important reforms that help get control of deficits and out-of-control spending and that make sure schools can keep functioning, and that fire and police departments can keep protecting citizens.

PROPOSAL THREE - 25-by-25 Mandates

Proposal 3 would force Michigan to have 25 percent of its electricity come from renewable energy sources by 2025, despite the state already having an unmet goal of generating 10 percent of electricity from renewable sources by 2015. It would cost billions to implement, raise electric bills and make Michigan businesses less competitive.

PROPOSAL FOUR - Forced Unionization

Proposal 4 would undo a law signed by Snyder and force Michigan’s 60,000 home health care aides to join a labor union. Those workers would be forced to have union dues withheld on top of the $30 million that was already taken previously. Improving health care in Michigan is important but this is not the right way to improve health care and will be bad medicine for the people of Michigan.

PROPOSAL FIVE - The Two-Thirds Amendment

Proposal 5 would require that any future increases of the tax rate or tax base be approved by either a two-thirds majority of the Legislature or a statewide vote. The two-thirds amendment would be detrimental and could stand in the way of reforms that would help reinvent Michigan. It could actually prevent significant tax cuts like the recent replacement of the job-killing Michigan Business Tax that was replaced with the simpler and fairer corporate income tax.

It would give special interests more power and influence and make it more difficult to fund schools, fix our roads, or make sure that our law enforcement officers have the tools they need to protect us. It might also negatively impact bond ratings agencies, which could raise Michigan’s interest costs and make the state look less attractive to job creators.

PROPOSAL SIX - A Billionaire's Special Interest Monopoly Standing in the Way

Proposal 6 could force a statewide vote on the New International Trade Crossing between Detroit and Windsor. It is really about protecting the monopoly of one special interest to the detriment of the rest of the state, and the costs could be immense. A new bridge to Canada -- and a modern infrastructure -- is necessary to help reinvent Michigan and bring more and better jobs to our state. The proposal could also force a statewide vote on any bridge or tunnel project that may be needed in the future.