AG uses 'faulty legal arguments' to stop collective bargaining amendment

Supporters of the collective bargaining ballot proposal fired back today against Attorney General Bill Schuette's attempt to deny voters the chance to decide the issue in November.

In a news release, legal expert Andrew Nickelhoff said, "The Attorney General's opinion, which is not binding, is a political document on behalf of opponents of working families. This is not a substantive legal argument."

Gov. Snyder originally asked for Schuette's opinion after the ballot proposal campaign submitted more than 684,000 signatures to have the issue put on the November ballot. Schuette wants the Board of Canvassers to reject the petition because it "represents breathtaking changes to government branches." In his opinion, he cites 18 different parts of the Constitution that will be changed or deleted if the ballot proposal is on the ballot.

MEA leaders, members and staff collected signatures because the Board of Canvassers had approved the petition. The next step involved the Director of Elections drafting the ballot summary and giving the proposal a spot on the ballot.

Over and over again, we see examples of a Republican agenda determined to keep voters from having a say. If the proposal does not make it to the ballot, almost 700,000 Michigan voters who signed the petition will be silenced.