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Mon Dec 24, 2012, 04:16 AM

 

Michigan passes new Emergency Dictator Law: Black Michigan to be again denied democratic rights

LANSING -- The state House has passed 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 House passed the Local Financial Stability and Choice act in a 63-46 vote late Wednesday, with Rep. Kevin Cotter, R-Mt. Pleasant, as the only Republican to join Democrats in voting against it...

Incoming House Minority Leader Tim Greimel, D-Auburn Hills, said it is a "mirror image" of what voters just rejected and "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." The ability for an emergency manager to break or terminate collective bargaining agreements under certain circumstances was one of the most controversial aspects of PA 4...

http://www.freep.com/article/20121212/NEWS15/121212082/Michigan-House-passes-new-emergency-manager-bill


LANSING, MI - Five weeks after Michigan voters repealed a law giving the state more authority to take control of financially strapped cities and school districts, the Republican-led Senate gave final approval to replacement legislation.

The bill, approved 23-15 with three Republicans joining all Democrats in opposition, was sent to the desk of Gov. Rick Snyder. He plans to sign it.

Democrats - who represent some of the areas in financial straits - accused Republicans of ignoring the wishes of residents who spoke in the Nov. 6 election and speedily pushing through the bill... Voters rejected Michigan's previous emergency manager law, Public Act 4, repealing it via statewide referendum in last month's election. Since then, the state has been operating under the auspices of Public Act 72 of 1990, a less aggressive predecessor law.

The legislation includes an appropriation, making it immune from being repealed by voters at the ballot box.

The new emergency manager proposal was announced last week on the same day that Michigan Treasurer Andy Dillon said he'll likely order a review of Detroit's municipal finances, a 30-day process that could lead to a state takeover of its largest city that's deep in debt and has a budget deficit of more than $200 million. Managers are in place in Benton Harbor, Ecorse, Flint, Pontiac and Allen Park, as well as in the Muskegon Heights, Highland Park and Detroit school districts.

http://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2012/12/michigan_lawmakers_pass_new_em.html

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Reply Michigan passes new Emergency Dictator Law: Black Michigan to be again denied democratic rights (Original post)
HiPointDem Dec 2012 OP
Mc Mike Dec 2012 #1
Barack_America Dec 2012 #2
HiPointDem Dec 2012 #7
amandabeech Dec 2012 #3
Starry Messenger Dec 2012 #4
PETRUS Dec 2012 #6
Starry Messenger Dec 2012 #9
HiPointDem Dec 2012 #11
leftlibdem420 Dec 2012 #5
socialist_n_TN Dec 2012 #8
HiPointDem Dec 2012 #10

Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 09:13 AM

1. MI citizens need some Federal relief on this,

either Executive Branch or Judicial Circuit court.

It looks like a 'States Rights' attacking Civil Rights issue, like the South in the '50's and '60's.

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 09:16 AM

2. We just voted this down! No way it will stand in court.

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Response to Barack_America (Reply #2)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 02:21 PM

7. i hope not.

 

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 12:36 PM

3. Snyder must go in 2014.

The new legislature might not pass this and the other nonsense, so with the help of the Koch Bros. and their Michigan equivalent, the DeVoss and Prince families, they're getting it done in the lame duck session.

This is really a perversion of democracy.

Michigan is my home state and I visit family and friends as often as I can.

The beautiful Lake Michigan beaches near where I grew up are still there, but the government seems like it is from another planet.

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Response to HiPointDem (Original post)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 12:39 PM

4. This pisses me off.

Utterly fascist.

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Response to Starry Messenger (Reply #4)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 12:48 PM

6. Yeah, we're having a ball out here in the mitten state.

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Response to PETRUS (Reply #6)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 02:49 PM

9. I wish Freedom Buses were still a thing.

I read about this last week and couldn't believe they'd be so fucking brazen. It's like going back to feudalism. I don't know why more progressives aren't up in arms over this. It's a travesty.

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Response to Starry Messenger (Reply #9)

Thu Dec 27, 2012, 05:27 AM

11. well, someone could try.

 

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Response to leftlibdem420 (Reply #5)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 02:31 PM

8. This is the truth......

This won't get solved by electoral remedies or even the courts. The only way this gets solved is massive labor involvements in this issue with strikes and demonstrations. Unfortunately, the entire state (or as much of it as practical) needs to be shut down until these fascist laws are repealed.

BTW, it's not just black Michiganders that needs to get involved. It's in their areas, so they should be the vanguard, but EVERYBODY needs to be involved.

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Response to socialist_n_TN (Reply #8)

Mon Dec 24, 2012, 02:55 PM

10. hopefully the arrogance demonstrated by repassage of the law voters just repealed -- but this

 

time immune to referendum -- will get them out there.

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