MI Senate Passes Emergency Financial Manager Bills

By: AP
By: AP

LANSING-- The Michigan Senate has approved bills that would give broad new powers to emergency financial managers over objections of union members.
The Republican-led Senate passed a main bill in the package by a 26-12 party-line vote Wednesday. The House has passed similar legislation and once differences are resolved between the two versions the bills would head to Gov. Rick Snyder for his signature.
Opponents of the legislation are concerned because emergency financial managers who are appointed by the state to run struggling cities and schools will have the power to terminate union contracts. Managers also could strip local elected officials of most powers.
Supporters of the legislation say it would lead to earlier intervention by the state, perhaps avoiding the crisis situations that lead to the appointment of emergency managers.

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  • by Anonymous on Mar 10, 2011 at 11:56 AM
    This man makes NO sense. Sounds like he just wants to kill the middle class; turn us into a third world state of have and havenot. Plus, it's more than a little bit like Wisconsin's union busting.
  • by John Location: Lansing on Mar 9, 2011 at 02:57 PM
    I think the legislature has once again forgotten the law similar to their ignorance of the State Constitution. This law will breed nothing but lawsuits in federal courts and municipalities will lose every federal labor law case, period. State law cannot, repeat, cannot supercede federal law. There are federal fair labor laws that will allow emplyees to prevail every time.
  • by Ricardo Location: Lansing on Mar 9, 2011 at 02:15 PM
    Well, I guess the nerd is,all about giving businesses nice tax breaks, then shifting the burden to taxpayers. As someone said before, it just may be time to launch a recall drive. He sure isn't for the people of this state! Thank you. Ricardo
  • by Anonymous on Mar 9, 2011 at 12:47 PM
    I hope every republican in the house chokes money supposedly saved with this measure. snyder we are coming for you.
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