Lansing area leaders in education, government, healthcare and business are joining together to oppose Proposition 4.
The group, calling itself "People Protecting Kids, Communities and the Constitution" says if Proposal 4 passes it will hurt senior citizens, children, police and fire protection as well as higher education.
Lansing Mayor David Hollister, MSU Presdient Peter McPherson and LCC President Paula Chunningham were among those joining the group.
Proposal 4 on the November ballot would redirect the Tobacco Settlement money given to the state from education to health care.
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Michigan Proposal 4
- Official Ballot Wording: A proposed constitutional amendment to reallocate the "Tobacco Settlement Revenue" received by the state from cigarette manufacturers.
- The proposed constitutional amendment would:
- Annually allocate on a permanent basis 90 percent, approximately $297 million, of "tobacco settlement revenue" received by state cigarette manufacturers.
- Give $151.8 million to nonprofit hospitals, licensed nursing homes, licensed hospices, nurse practitioners, school-linked health centers and Healthy Michigan Foundation.
- Allocate $102.3 million to fund programs to reduce tobacco use, Health and Aging Research Development Initiative, Tobacco Free Futures Fund, Council of Michigan Foundations and Nurses Scholarship Program.
- Give $42.9 million to the Elder Prescription Drug Program.
- Guarantee recipients funding at 2001 appropriation levels plus additional state funds on an escalating basis for nonprofit hospitals, licensed nursing homes, licensed hospices, and nurse practitioners.
- Proposal 4 specifies that beginning Jan. 1, 2003, no less than 90 percent of the tobacco settlement monies will be "dedicated to improving the quality of health of the residents of the state."
- The proposed amendment states that the monies are intended for programs that educate people about smoking, research cures for cancer, provide prescription coverage for elderly residents and provide health care to people suffering from tobacco-related illnesses.
- The other 10 percent of the settlement money will go to the state's general fund, to be spent according to decisions made by the legislature.
Source: http://www.co.bay.mi.us/bay/home.nsf (The Bay County Web site)