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      Snyder explains ballot proposals

      Governor Rick Snyder held a town hall meeting at Northern Michigan University Tuesday.

      With the election now a week away, Snyder is hitting the campaign trail, but not for a particular candidate. On Monday, Snyder began his "Yes on 1, No on the Rest" bus tour.

      At Snyder's town hall meeting, he described how the majority of the ballot proposals would turn the clock back.

      "We're the comeback state in the nation right now," said Snyder. "We are reinventing Michigan, and we've made a large scale number of changes for the better, and there are a number of special interests who don't like that."

      Snyder says those special interests are trying to bypass lawmakers in Lansing with five proposed constitutional amendments. Of those five, the governor says the biggest threat to economic growth is Proposal 2, which seeks to establish collective bargaining rights in the constitution.

      "Collective bargaining isn't an issue; we have not been Wisconsin, we haven't been Ohio," Snyder said. "While those states were having their issues, I was successfully doing collective bargaining with state employees. I did it in good faith with good results. What this proposal is, is a massive overreach."

      But some in attendance had their doubts.

      "He always says he supports collective bargaining, then why has he supported 85 pieces of legislation that has limited collective bargaining so much?" said Stu Skauge, a Uni Serve Director for the Michigan Education Association. "The governor is implying that by having collective bargaining that the workers are going to take away all the money. That is not true."

      As for that "yes," Snyder supports Proposal 1, a referendum on the current Emergency Manager Law, which gives the governor power to appoint someone in charge of cities and school districts in financial distress.

      "[If it] is objectively determined a true crisis, let's resolve the crisis, get the stability and then we want the community to come in and grow the community," Governor Snyder stated.