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Wed Dec 5, 2012, 08:43 PM

 

Half of Michigan’s African Americans Lose Self-Government

The Detroit Free Press is reporting this afternoon that an Emergency Financial Manager is being called “inevitable” for Detroit. If that happens, over half of the African Americans in Michigan will be under the rule of an Emergency Financial Manager, with little to no say in the operation of their local government.... With the addition of Detroit and Inkster, the percentage of African Americans in Michigan without representative local government will be 50.7%...

Here’s what the Freep is reporting:

A ranking city official who spoke only on condition of anonymity said he spoke with Dillon by phone this morning and was told that the Bing administration’s inability to fix Detroit’s immediate cash crisis and enact major financial reform gave the state no choice but to bring in an outside manager...

The ranking city official told the Free Press that Dillon told him: “In about a month’s time they’ll have everything together. He said they won’t let payless paydays happen” and that the state would help the city meet payroll and pay bills while the emergency financial manager implemented tough reforms. He said Dillon said the EFM could turn around the city’s negative finances in about a year.


Several other people with knowledge of the conversations said the state’s frustration over Detroit’s inability to wrest savings from pay cuts and health care and pension benefits from current and city workers was exacerbated by recent Bing administration admissions that Detroit’s cash crisis is worsening by the day. At last count, Detroit was projected to be nearly $47 million short of money it will need to pay employees and its bills and debts by June 30.
Once again, the entire blame appears to being placed on the city workers who, in reality, are NOT the cause of the collapse of Detroit’s tax base. They will, however, be made to pay the price, make no mistake.

It’s interesting to see just how freaked out Republicans are about the prospect of a city like Detroit going bankrupt. Is it possible that it’s because a bankruptcy would financially hurt their business friends...

And so it goes in Michigan. Pray for us. We need it.

http://dianeravitch.net/2012/12/05/half-of-michigans-african-americans-lose-self-government/

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