Voting in Birmingham: What are the State Proposals on the November Ballot?

Before you head to the polls on Nov. 6, Patch is reminding you what's on the ballot in Michigan, Oakland County and Birmingham.

The Nov. 6 general election is a little more than a week away, and Patch is looking to help Birmingham residents prepare with a quick reminder of what's on the ballot and what they need to know before they vote.

The November ballot promises to be a long one. Besides picking either Mitt Romney or Barack Obama for the Commander in Chief job, voters will decide on a slate of state proposals as well consider candidates for various levels of representation in Washington, Lansing and Pontiac.

In addition, Birmingham voters will be deciding on a city charter amendment and voting for two members of the Birmingham Board of Education.

Birmingham Patch has been covering this election all year, however sometimes you just need a quick refresher before you head to the polls. Today, we're taking a look at the various proposals on the state ballot.

Michigan State Proposals

Michigan voters will consider six proposals this November. For more information on each, visit the following links.

  • Proposal 12-1: The Emergency Manager Law would expand the powers of emergency managers in municipalities and school districts and allow the governor to appoint emergency managers.
  • Proposal 12-2: Right to Collective Bargaining is a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would make collective bargaining a right for public and private workers.
  • Proposal 12-3: Renewable Energy Standard is a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would require 25 percent of the state’s electricity to come from renewable energy sources.
  • Proposal 12-4: Quality Home Care is a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would give home health care workers limited collective bargaining rights.
  • Proposal 12-5: Limit Enactment of New State Taxes is a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would require a two-thirds majority of the state legislature or a statewide vote to raise state taxes.
  • Proposal 12-6: Require Vote on International Bridges is a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would require a statewide vote to build international bridges or tunnels. This would affect the New International Trade Crossing (or new bridge to Canada).

For more information on the state ballot proposals, visit Vote411.org and to Ballotpedia.

For more

  • Voting in Birmingham: What's On the Local Ballot This November
  • Voting in Birmingham: What's On the County Ballot This November
  • Voting in Birmingham: Who's Running for State Office This November
  • Voting in Birmingham: Who's Running for Judge This November


For all of Birmingham Patch's coverage of the 2012 November general election, visit Birmingham's 2012 General Election Guide.

Marcia Robovitsky November 03, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Ballot proposals 2-6 all have this language in them: " .... is a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would.....". For that reason....VOTE NO. This is not the way to handle these issues. There is much more language and consequences to each of these ballot proposals. Please don't put this in our MI State Constitution. Vote NO.
Ron Dwyer November 03, 2012 at 07:18 PM
As a concerned taxpayer who is tired of both sides of the aisle raising taxes, I am voting Yes on 1, 5 and 6. On 1 - Why keep throwing money into failed leadership? An Emergency Manager is better than bankruptcy. 5) Is a win/win 2/3rds required to raise taxes while only 51% to lower. Proposal 5 compliments the Head Lee amendment. This bill will also stop Gov Snyder from raising our Gas Taxes in 2013. We already have some of the highest taxes in the nation 6) Why not let the people have a voice on a new bridge? If you read the bridge agreement, there is language that will allow for our taxes to be raised if tolls do not generate the revenue to pay Canada back. Gov Snyder even said in his video promoting a No vote that tolls will pay Canada back. I've seen both sides and study both sides and many experts say there will not be enough traffic to collect the tolls needed. Therefore either our taxes have to be raised to cover the difference or Canada will foreclose on our side. Can you imagine Canada selling our half of the bridge to China?
Stealth Citizen November 04, 2012 at 01:48 PM
Funny how some people can vote "No" on a proposal because it has the words " .... is a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would....." in it but can vote "Yes" on a proposal that will infringe ones constitutional voting rights. Rather hypocritical of one to say "keep your hands off our constitution" then allow for a Emergency Manager Law that will strip the people of certain cities & school districts of their elected leaders in favor of an Emergency Dictator who by all accounts thus far have failed to improve the situations in any of the communities that they are now in charge of. How would you feel if President Obama enacted a law without the vote of the people, that said States like Michigan that fail to balance the budget, no longer will fall under the control of their Governor or any other elected official in Lansing? I don't care what one thinks of bankruptcy vs poor leadership, dictatorship in any form is un-American.
Stealth Citizen November 04, 2012 at 02:06 PM
Lansing politicians have been introducing and passing laws that attack working class citizens from every angle. Laws that will essentially make Michigan a "Right-to-Work" state by default. This is why Gov. Snyder has stated that he is not concerned about signing/passing "Right-to-Work" legislation. He doesn't need to as long as Lansing politicians continue to do the dirty work for him. This onslaught of vicious attacks have come only after the mid-term elections. Right-to-Work is the right to work for less. Proposal 2 wouldn't need to be an issue right now if it weren't for such cruel attacks on the working class in this state. Public vs. Private, rich vs. poor and all this boils down to the further erosion of the middle class here in Michigan. Vote "Yes" on Proposal 2 to protect the working poor and middle class families because many of these people work very hard every day to make ends meet and they don't deserve the continued attacks on their mere existence here in America. I don't believe the propaganda of half lies/false truths being spewed in commercials.


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