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Michigan Governor Snyder breaks down the six ballot proposals with Lori Moore

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Michigan Governor Rick Snyder
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder

KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- Governor Rick Snyder, in an exclusive interview with WKZO, offered some thought on the proposals on the Michigan ballot this November.  He also indicated how he will vote on each one. Here is the rundown:

Proposal One - Stand Up for Democracy

This proposal, which centers around Michigan's controversial emergency manager law, is the only one for which Governor Snyder said he would vote "yes."

"This is for communities in true crisis," Snyder told WKZO.com, citing the seven communities or school districts currently run by an emergency manager. Snyder says the law has been improved recently by implementing an early warning system which trips early warnings at the state, which could help avoid an emergency manager situation.

"Quite often an emergency manager didn't have the power they needed so they can come do their job, get out and get done," Snyder said.

"If you think it's a good law, you vote 'yes' on it; if you don't like it you vote 'no,'" Snyder said. "I'm voting yes on it. I've seen it do a lot of good things."

Proposal Two - Protect Our Jobs

"It's really not about collective bargaining," Snyder said, referring to the amendment to the state constitution which would give workers a right to organize and engage in collective bargaining.

"This would be a huge step back.  It would essentially roll back potentially up to 170 labor laws," Snyder said.

The governor said he is concerned passage would stifle the economic recovery underway in Michigan. He also referred to what he views as two collective bargaining sessions with state employees, which he considers successes that have happened without changing the constitution.

A "yes" vote on Proposal Two would change the constitution; a "no" vote would not.

Proposal Three - Michigan Energy, Michigan Jobs

This proposal seeks to require utilities get at least 25 percent of electricity for so-called clean renewable energy sources, like wind and solar. It would do so, like Proposal Two, by amending the Michigan constitution.

"Anytime you talk about putting something in the constitution, I hope people are skeptical," Snyder told WKZO.  "The normal way to do it is through normal laws, through the legislature and the governor."

Snyder believes the law now, which requires 10 percent renewables in that time, is sufficient.

"To do this I think would be very detrimental in terms of handcuffing us about our future energy usage," Snyder said. "I'm going to vote 'no' on this proposal also."

Proposal Four - Michigan Quality Homecare

Another constitutional amendment proposal, this one would mandate state in-home care programs give those who participate, typically seniors and persons with disabilities, the chance to hire their own home care providers. A registry panel would be established in order to be sure quality providers were available.

Again, Governor Snyder is not a fan of the proposal.

"We want to see good care for our seniors, but this is more about...the SIU...collecting $6 million a year in dues and in a number of cases from people in the home taking care of relatives - they're not actually state employees," Snyder said.

The governor said assurances can be made for access to quality home care without a constitutional amendment, such as registering and fingerprinting of workers without the collecting of union dues.

Proposal Five - Michigan Alliance for Prosperity

This proposal would also amend the Michigan constitution to require a two-thirds majority of the legislature in order to enact new or additional taxes. The only other option to bring new or raise taxes would be by statewide vote, were the amendment to pass.

"It has much broader implications," Snyder said. "In my view, it requires a two-thirds vote to do any sort of tax reform or even to lower taxes."

Snyder said, for example, the repeal of the Michigan Business Tax - and its subsequent replacement - could not have been done if such an amendment had been approved.

"I think it's very bad public policy," Snyder said.

Proposal Six - The People Should Decide

Known as the "bridge proposal," this one seeks to have voters decide if a second bridge crossing between Detroit and Canada should happen. Governor Snyder already has struck a deal with the Canadians to build the bridge, and passage of the amendment would likely delay construction.

Snyder maintains there will be no costs passed on to Michigan taxpayers from construction of the new bridge.

"No liabliity to michigan taxpayers because...Canada is putting up all the investment dollars," Snyder told WKZO. "They are putting up the dollars for the bridge - including overruns - and they will be repaid through tolls with no obligation to us."

The governor plans to vote "no" on this proposal, as well.

Hear the entire interview on the Lori Moore Show podcast under the "media" heading here at WKZO.com.

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