Growing and strengthening west Michigan's middle class
GRAND RAPIDS January 4, 2016– With the recent passage of Senate Bill 13 and Senate Bill 571 by Michigan’s legislature, big change could be on the horizon for Michigan voters. The KICLC Public Service Caucus, at their January meeting, will hear how these changes will affect municipalities and schools, and discuss what actions should be taken before Gov. Rick Snyder takes action on these bills.
Anyone who works in the public sector (city, county, state, federal or schools) is invited to participate in the caucus. The caucus meets this Tuesday, January 5 at 6pm, at the Kent-Ionia Labor Center, 918 Benjamin NE in Grand Rapids.
SB 13 would amend the Michigan Election Law by eliminating the option for voters to cast a straight ticket vote, and appropriating $1 million to the Department of State to assess the impact of eliminating straight-ticket voting and perform other election-related tasks and studies. The million-dollar appropriation means the bill cannot be repealed by popular vote referendum. County and city clerks from across Michigan and political party spoke out strongly against this legislation, saying eliminating straight-ticket voting will only serve to slow down the voting process in highly-populated precincts and make it more difficult for many Michigan voters to cast a ballot.
SB 571 bans the use of public dollars to inform the public on upcoming ballot initiatives. That means school personnel and librarians would not be able to speak to anyone publicly about any tax or millage proposals 60 days before an election– even to give basic info. This bill would also allow political donations to remain secret until after an election. SB 571 was passed by Senate leadership voting to remove all Democratic staffers from the Senate floor and locking the senators in the chamber until it passed.
Also on the agenda for January’s Public Service Caucus meeting will be a discussion around a spring service project.
WHAT: KICLC Public Service Caucus meeting
WHEN: Tuesday, January 5, 2016 at 6pm
WHERE: Kent-Ionia Labor Center, 918 Benjamin NE in Grand Rapids
WHO: Anyone who works in the public sector is invited to attent
INFO: Contact Steve at Steve@KICLC.org