Critics expected to test Michigan's new emergency manager law at ballot box, in court
Gov. Rick Snyder says Michigan's new emergency manager law improves upon the version that voters rejected in November, but critics say there are too many similarities and are gearing up for another fight.
"We're going to be ready to go," said Greg Bowens, a spokesman for the Stand Up For Democracy coalition, which led the successful effort to repeal Public Act 4 via voter referendum. "This will be a nice issue on the 2014 ballot when the governor is up for re-election."
Bowens said that members of the Stand Up coalition, which includes elected officials and volunteers from around the state, have started meeting to discuss plans for a citizens initiative in response to the new law.
"We were hoping to be able to turn our swords into plowshares this holiday season and work to come up with viable solutions to help municipalities," he said. "But instead of putting their swords away, people are sharpening them to make the point that what the voter says goes, and not the other way around."