Voters Will Vote on Emergency Manager Law

By: Fay Li Email
By: Fay Li Email

After months of debate over whether a petition challenging Public Act 4 is in compliance with state law, the Michigan Supreme Court ruled that the petition heading is in 14-point type, meaning it is eligible to be placed on the November ballot.

"We're pleased the Supreme Court is now going to allow the voters of Michigan to repeal this law in November because this law is really a dictator law," said Ray Holman from UAW Local 6000.

Public Act 4, otherwise known as the Emergency Manager Law, allows a state appointed manager to take control of local governments' finances in financial emergencies.

Governor Snyder argues that the goal of the law is to identify emergencies before they become "full blown crises."

Now that the Supreme Court has ruled, Public Act 4 will be suspended after the petition initiative is certified.

"P.A. 4 repealed P.A. 72. When it's suspended, it's our position that P.A. 72 comes back as if nothing has changed," said State Treasurer Andy Dillon.

P.A. 72, though not as far-reaching as P.A. 4, allows most local governments already with an emergency manager to maintain status quo.

"We'll be prepared to reappoint folks as emergency financial managers so that there will be a seamless transition to the communities that they are working with," Dillon said.


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  • by Non_Anon1 Location: Michigan on Aug 8, 2012 at 02:26 PM
    I will vote for the repeal of the Public Act 4 in November. The state should not have the power to set-up a dictator in a community that answers to no one. Nor, should the people of a community have their right to elect the leaders of their own choice taken away. WILX should also do story on how the Emergency Managers of Benton Harbor and Flint have used their positions for their own personal gain.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 6, 2012 at 09:21 AM
    Problem is that you have giant egos in Detroit that are digging in their heels and will not give up until Detroit has bankrupted itself. They should consider themselves fortunate to have an emergency manager bail them out. The other alternative is to crash and burn. Seems pretty obvious, but the Detroit City Council is completely clueless.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 5, 2012 at 04:52 AM
    If they dont keep the efm law, people will be losing their pensions and retirment and jobs.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 5, 2012 at 04:09 AM
    Hopefully people will realize that teh EFM helps municiplaities get back on its feet and save the retirements and benefits of everyone who worked for them. If the municiplaities goes bankrupt or is dissolved, those retirement funds and benefits go.
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