Michigan Supreme Court Says Yes to Emergency Manager Ballot Question

The Michigan Supreme Court says a referendum on the state's emergency manager law will appear on the November ballot.

Republican Justice Mary Beth Kelly provided the crucial vote for Friday's decision, joining three Democratic justices.

The court ruling means voters will decide whether to keep or kill a law that sends powerful emergency managers into distressed communities and school districts to fix their finances.

Governor Rick Snyder issued the following statement regarding the Michigan Supreme Court ruling that puts the state’s Local Government and School District Fiscal Accountability Act on the November ballot:

“While I fully support the right of all citizens to express their views, suspension of the Local Government and School District Fiscal Accountability Act may adversely affect Michigan communities and school districts mired in financial emergencies. It promises to make eventual solutions to those emergencies more painful."

“One of the act’s primary goals is to identify financial emergencies before they become full-blown crises. Suspending the law limits the state’s ability to offer early intervention and assistance, and eliminates important tools that emergency managers need to address financial emergencies as quickly and efficiently as possible."

“Once the petition initiative is certified for the statewide ballot, Public Act 72 of 1990 is revived. This law -- the Local Government Fiscal Responsibility Act – will ensure continuity for local units of government currently in financial emergencies. This is critical given the state’s responsibility to protect the health, safety and welfare of its citizens, regardless of the city in which they live or the school district they attend.”

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