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Michigan Governor Taking Over Detroit - Look Out!
"Neil Munshi reported in the Financial Times that the emergency manager "would have relatively broad powers to handle the city’s dire financial situation."
"In a blog post on the decision, Snyder writes: "Working together in partnership, we can more quickly and efficiently reform the finances in the city." But the EFM role is not one of "partnerships," the governor's fact sheets on the EFM decision explain, as the appointee will be able to make a financial decision without waiting for it to go "through the many layers of bureaucracy." The EFM also has the ability to "take actions to void contracts."
"Agence France-Presse adds that "emergency managers have the power to eliminate entire departments, change labor contracts, sell city assets and rewrite laws without any public review or input." And the Detroit Free Press reports that the "restructuring likely will include drastic cuts in public services and a top-down rethinking of the type of government."
Critics have referred to the EFM law as "local dictators law."
See this and comments from MSNBC's Rachel Maddow at
Since Gov. Snyder has done nothing for the people of the State of Michigan, there's no reason to assume he will do anything for it, or the African-Americans still living there or for the people living in the other struggling nearby counties. What he has done - or appears to be doing - is finding another deep pocket he can rob. I sure hope the US Attorney General will be watching his conduct closely.
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