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6 statewide proposals on November ballot

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(09/19/12) - With only a few weeks left to register to vote in the November election, we have decided to take a closer look at some of the state wide proposals on the ballot.

There are a total of six. One referendum and five amendments to the constitution.

The first proposal on the ballot is Public Act 4. If you're in favor of an emergency manager, then you vote yes. If you're not, vote no.

This election season, Michigan voters are being asked to consider six state wide proposals. Five are amends to the constitution.

"Do we want to fundamentally change our constitution through these ballot proposals? Even though they are non partisan, if you look behind them they are supported by special interest groups and tend to be very partisan," said Northwood University Professor Dr. Bill Bateman.

University of Michigan-Flint Professor Marcus Paroske helps us break down each one. He said proposal two is a reaction to what happened in Ohio and Wisconsin when leaders there made collective bargaining reforms.

"Right now, collective bargaining is not a constitutional right in the state of Michigan, so the legislature if they wanted to could take that away to save for teachers, public employees, maybe even more private employees. This is law [that] would prevent that from happening by making it a constitutional right."

Proposal four, which also deals with collective bargaining, is asking voters to create the Michigan Quality Home Care Council. "The proposal would establish a new government board that would look to certify and train people that provide people with in home care say, you're grandmother needs a live in nurse or something like that."

The council would also create a registry of workers who pass background checks and allow independent contractors to negotiate with the state commission to set a minimum compensation standard and conditions of employment.

"The people who put forward this proposal would like to ensure all those independent contractors are under the same certified qualification requirements and that they have the ability to collectively bargain if they chose," Paroske said.

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