Michigan Governor Rick Snyder’s “Financial Managers” will face their first legal test – as the Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social Justice filed suit today arguing his “Financial Managers” law violates the state constitution. Earlier this year – Republican Governor Snyder passed a bill that allows him to take over an city in Michigan that’s struggling financially – fire all the local elected officials – and put in place a crony of his own personal choosing – what’s called a Financial Manager – to handle the city’s finances.
That Financial Manager has the power to do pretty much anything – from voiding union contracts – to cutting local government services – to even selling off huge chunks of the city like public parks and power plants to is buddies in private corporations at a fire-sale price. But as the Sugar Law Center says in a press release about the law, “It is a power grab by Lansing politicians ideologically committed to rewarding the private sector at the expense of the common good…it is an attack on the very core of democracy.”
Republicans like Rick Snyder – Scott Walker – and John Kasich didn’t campaign on a pledge to destroy democracy – but that’s exactly what they’re doing – and the nation is suffering from a sever case of voter’s remorse.