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: 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!


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.