“It is a power grab by Lansing politicians ideologically committed to rewarding the private sector at the expense of the common"

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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.

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Did not pass this year. This has been the law in Michigan since 1990.Emergency Manager Background:Under Public Act 72 of 1990, the state is authorized to intervene in units of local government that experience financial emergencies. Link to complete law. http://www.michigan.gov/documents/snyder/EMF_Fact_Sheet2_347889_7.pdf

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The changes were to the total takeover rather than the working with approach. Used to be that help was extended to towns without the right local talent, or where getting things straightened out would give the locals better control of their local government. This outside agent able to cash out the assets of a town and hand them over to corporate cronies, at amazing salaries, is a "new" thing and not what the original legislation promised.

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The changes were to the total takeover rather than the working with approach. Used to be that help was extended to towns without the right local talent, or where getting things straightened out would give the locals better control of their local government. This outside agent able to cash out the assets of a town and hand them over to corporate cronies, at amazing salaries, is a "new" thing and not what the original legislation promised.

I'm sorry, that is not true. Please follow the link I posted, and you'll see that an emergency financial manager has been used 10 times in the last 20 years. The orginal law was signed by Democratic Governor James Blanchard. The website I've cited, is operated by the State of Michigan, and is not a partisian site.

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Your doing great job getting information out there. They took out HR. Apparently they dont like to be challenged or feel threatened by freedom of speech.

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