WHILE YOU WERE PROTESTING: Michigan House Re-Passes the Emergency Financial Manager Law Voters Repealed at the Ballot a Month Ago
This is just beyond the pale.
While the state of Michigan spent the week rallying against the anti-democratic passage of a wage-crushing “Right-to-Work” law, another piece of legislation that Michigan voters successfully repealed at the ballot box this November — the unpopular Emergency Financial Manager Law — was sent on the way to reinstatement under a new name. From The Detroit Free Press:
The state House passed late Wednesday what the Snyder administration says is a new and improved emergency manager law, but opponents say is a warmed-over version of what voters rejected Nov. 6….
The governor’s administration says the bill is designed to address shortcomings in the much-maligned Public Act 4, which voters repealed last month, by giving local officials in financially troubled cities and school district more input in decisions — addressing one of the major sticking points in PA 4.
Incoming House Minority Leader Tim Greimel, D-Auburn Hills, however, said the new legislation is a “mirror image” of what voters just rejected, calling it “another slap in the face to democracy perpetrated by this House.”
The bill says an emergency manager will have the power to undertake “the modification, rejection, termination and renegotiation of contracts.”
Hmmm. Does sound awfully familiar. Here’s how MLive described the original (read: twin brother of this) law back in September:
The law allows the governor to appoint an emergency manager to take the place of elected leaders in communities that are deemed to be in bad financial shape. Snyder has used the law to put seven Michigan cities and school districts under the thumb of emergency managers with the authority to develop financial plans, modify or terminate labor contracts and reorganize government.
Modify. Terminate. Ignore voters. Repeat.