Ballot proposals 4-6, what you need to know

By Sen. Joe Hune
22nd Senate District

Last week I shared the exact wording of proposals 1 through 3 with you. This week, we round out the six statewide ballot proposals with the actual language of proposals 4 through 6.

This Election Day, you will have to make several important decisions. The future of our state is in your hands, so please take time to read up on all six statewide ballot proposals and be an informed voter.

Proposal 4:

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?

Proposal 5:

This proposal would:

  • Require a 2/3 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?

Proposal 6:

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?

For more information on the six proposals you’ll see on the ballot this year, visit my website at: www.SenatorJoeHune.com and click on the “Publications” link, where you will see the “2012 Ballot Proposal Newsletter.”

This publication contains information to help familiarize you with the pros and cons of these six proposals. Included is the actual language that will appear on the ballot along with brief analyses of the important issues at hand. The analyses do not necessarily reflect my views. Rather, the intent is to bring you the strongest arguments for and against each proposal so you can make your own informed decision on these issues.

Remember to vote on Tuesday, Nov. 6!

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Sen. Joe Hune is chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee. He represents the 22nd state Senate District, which includes Livingston and Shiawassee counties, and the southern part of Ingham County. The Ingham County portion includes Bunkerhill, Leslie, Stockbridge and Vevay townships, and the cities of Leslie and Mason.

Hune encourages license revocation in fungal meningitis outbreak

LANSING — Following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) identification of 41 fungal meningitis cases in Michigan, Sen. Joe Hune encourages the suspension of New England Compounding Center’s (NECC) pharmacy license.

“Three of the 41 cases in Michigan have resulted in death. There is absolutely no doubt that NECC’s pharmacy license should be suspended,” said Hune, R-Hamburg Township. “The safety of families across the 22nd Senate District and entire state of Michigan is a top priority. I strongly encourage NECC’s license be suspended immediately.”

Gov. Rick Snyder and Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette filed an administrative complaint and order of summary suspension against NECC, the company at the center of the fungal meningitis outbreak, on Oct. 12.

According to a statement released by Schuette, once the order of summary suspension has been signed by the Bureau of Health Professions director, NECC’s license will be immediately suspended and the company will be forced to cease operations in Michigan.

A multistate investigation of meningitis among patients who received steroid injections is being conducted by the CDC and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The cause of the outbreak may be a potentially contaminated product manufactured at NECC.

The four facilities in Michigan that received a contaminated lot of preservative-free methylprednisolone acetate prepared by NECC are:

  • Michigan Neurosurgical Institutes in Grand Blanc;
  • Michigan Pain Specialists in Brighton;
  • Neuromuscular and Rehabilitation in Traverse City; and
  • Southeast Michigan Surgical Hospital in Warren.

All four facilities are working with the Michigan Department of Community Health to ensure that patients who may have received the contaminated product are notified.

Earlier this month, NECC issued a voluntary recall of all its products in circulation that were produced and distributed from its Framingham, Massachusetts facility.

For more information on the recall, including a list of affected medications, visit: www.neccrx.com.                                                                                              

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National Food Bank Week

By Sen. Joe Hune
22nd Senate District

Later this month we will have an opportunity to celebrate National Food Bank Week from Oct. 14 through Oct. 20, with World Food Day falling on Tuesday, Oct. 16.

National Food Bank Week is the perfect opportunity to recognize the efforts of food banks, their donors and volunteers who work tirelessly to help end hunger in the United States.

Locally, I would like to recognize the good works of the Family Impact Center here in Fowlerville, which is a Christian nonprofit organization committed to working hand-in-hand with the local community to help individuals and families in need.

By working with area churches, businesses and organizations, the Family Impact Center provides important services to our community, including a client-choice pantry; assistance with practical needs (including household items and clothing); classes in subjects such as parenting, budgeting, nutrition and skill development; seminars and workshops; and support groups.

Moreover, National Food Bank Week helps shine a light on an important issue and reminds us to get involved with our food banks. Interested in helping out? I encourage you to visit the Family Impact Center’s website at: www.familyimpactcenter.organd click on the “Volunteer” link to find out how you can get involved.

For information on other food banks in your area and other ways you can get involved to help end hunger, go to Feeding America’s website at www.feedingamerica.org and do a zip code search.

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Sen. Joe Hune is chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee. He represents the 22nd state Senate District, which includes Livingston and Shiawassee counties, and the southern part of Ingham County. The Ingham County portion includes Bunkerhill, Leslie, Stockbridge and Vevay townships, and the cities of Leslie and Mason.

ACU awards Hune ‘Defender of Liberty’

ACU awards Hune ‘Defender of Liberty’

LANSING — Sen. Joe Hune has received the “Defender of Liberty Award” from the American Conservative Union (ACU) for his conservative voting record while serving in Lansing.

“I am proud that my conservatism and voting record are appreciated by such a highly respected organization like the American Conservative Union,” said Hune, R-Hamburg Township. “The tough choices that are paramount in order to ensure the future of our state are being made and I am happy that these choices are appreciated.”

Defenders of Liberty are members of the Michigan Legislature who were present and cast a vote for each adjudicated roll call and scored a 100 percent on the ACU’s  2012 State Legislative Ratings.

The ACU bases their ratings on critical pieces of legislation that display conservative values, ranging from abortion restrictions, unionization and labor agreements to tax cuts. Based upon his voting record on these 18 measures, Hune received a 100 percent rank, one of only two lawmakers in the Michigan Legislature to earn such a score.

“My voting record has been consistent with the principles I espouse and the platform I ran for this office on,” Hune said. “I have always voted fiscally conservative, and I have always promoted strong family values and will continue to do so moving forward.”

The ACU is America’s oldest and largest grassroots conservative organization. Founded in 1964, ACU represents the views of Americans who are concerned with economic growth through lower taxes and reduced government spending and the issues of liberty, personal responsibility, traditional values and national security.
To view publications such as the 2012 ACU State Legislative Guide, visit conservative.org.

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