While listening to Thom today, I heard him rail against what he called a Republican take over of Benton Harbor, MI by a Michigan law known as the Emergency Financial Manager law that was passed in 1990 and signed into law by Democratic Governor Blanchard. Thom made it sound like this was a new law signed by Gov. Snyder ( R ). Gov. Snyder did sign a law that expanded the powers of the EFM law.
Thom failed to mention why Benton Harbor needed an EFM? I’ll get to that in a minute. Another fact Thom left out is the current EFM for Benton Harbor is Joseph Harris who was appointed by Democratic Governor Jennifer Granholm.
Thom also failed to mention that with Democrats fully in control in Benton Harbor, the city has exceeded its expenditures by $8 million, has liabilities of $5 million, has failed to make the required payments into its pension fund for city workers, has paid $80,000.00 to $100,000.00 annually in overdraft fees and its cash reserves had dwindled from $1.7 million to less than $300.000.00 in 3 years. In fact the same week Benton Harbor Officials told the state that it didn’t need an EFM at a hearing, they then asked the state treasury for an advance on funds to make its payroll.
In my opinion, this is typical of liberal Democrats. On the one hand to say to the state “we don’t need an emergency financial manager” then on the other hand say to the state, “would you give us an advance of the money you’re going to give us in the future so we can make our payroll”??? Sounds to me like the Democrats that run Benton Harbor have done a horrible job running the city’s finances. Not one word on this from Thom. Thom has a lot of trouble blaming Democrats for anything and no problem at all blaming Republicans for everything.
I feel that Thom does his audience a disservice by leaving out pertinent information like the information I have mentioned above. It took me all of about 2 minutes to research this information on Benton Harbor, MI. It also seems that Thom is bit late for this story. It seems all these things that have happened concerning Benton Harbor occurred about a year ago.
If I don’t provide references for the statements I have made I know a lot of responses will be “back up your statements”. I obtained information on Benton Harbor, MI from the following two website: