SourceSnyder to get Emergency Manager powers this week
Public workers in Michigan lost job security yesterday as the state House signed off on a bill that allows the governor to appoint people to take over financially troubled local governments and schools and cancel labor contracts.
Less than two months after Gov. Rick Snyder asked the Legislature to expand the state’s ability to intervene in communities facing budget problems, the Republican-controlled House and Senate have finalized a bill that gives unprecedented power to appointed Emergency Managers.
The Local Government and School District Fiscal Accountability Act creates a range of triggers for state involvement in local communities and allows the governor to appoint managers to fire local elected officials, break labor agreements, suspend collective bargaining rights for five years, order millage elections, take over pension funds and even dissolve local governments.
The law also contains a provision added by the Senate that gives towns a chance to avoid takeover by entering into a budgeting consent agreement with the state and becoming exempt from collective bargaining agreements.
“The Governor will sign,” spokeswoman Sara Wurfel said Tuesday afternoon. “He believes this was an important step forward and will be a key tool to help indicate and address fiscal problems earlier and more clearly in Michigan’s cities and schools with the hopes of avoiding the appointment of an emergency manager to begin with.”
Democracy is under attack. Ignore which party those responsible claim to be members of, this is a full on attack on the Constitution of the United States of America. If you cant see how troubling this is, imagine if Obama started rewritting and voiding contracts. This must be stopped!!Benton Harbor City Council and Commissioners Stripped of All Power
Fresh from our "Isn't this America?" file, Todd A. Haywood of The Michigan Messenger is reporting that Joe Harris, the emergency financial manager of the city of Benton Harbor, Mich. has issued an order stripping all city boards and commissions of all their authority to take any action.
The order, signed Thursday, limits the actions available to such bodies to calling a meeting to order, approving the minutes of meetings and adjourning a meeting. The bodies are prohibited under the act from taking any other action without the express authority of the Emergency Financial Manager, Joseph Harris.
Harris' actions are allowed under a newly approved law which granted sweeping new powers to emergency financial managers. That legislation had drawn large protests, including attempts by some protesters to take over the state capitol building. The sit-in resulted in numerous arrests.
What in the world? The people don't get a voice or representation in any matters related to the city in which they live and pay taxes?
Apparently, this move is spreading. Robert Bobb, the emergency financial manager for Detroit Public Schools announced that he would use powers granted to him under the act to change union contracts. See what happens when you don't pay attention and you don't vote? Extremists get into office and strip everybody of their right to representation including members of their own political party. That is not democracy, nor is Harris' ability to strip elected officials of their power thereby silencing the people.