Fri Aug 3, 2012, 03:59 PM
MichiganVote (19,349 posts)
Michigan Supreme Court orders emergency manager law referendum on ballot
Michigan Supreme Court orders emergency manager law referendum on ballot for possible repeal
by Kristin Longley
A split Michigan Supreme Court has ordered that a referendum of the state's controversial emergency manager law should go on the ballot, meaning Public Act 4 will go before voters in November for possible repeal.
The court's order effectively settles months of legal wrangling that began after a group called Citizens for Fiscal Responsibility challenged the petitions' font size, arguing the wording was too small under guidelines set by state law.
The challenge worked its way from the state Board of Canvassers to the Court of Appeals then to the Michigan Supreme Court. The court also overturned a lower court's ruling that says petitions' font size can "substantially comply" with the law and still be certified. The court ruled that "actual compliance" is the new standard, but still said the Public Act 4 petitions should be certified.
The cities of Flint, Benton Harbor, Ecorse and Pontiac and the school districts of Detroit, Muskegon Heights and Highland Park are all under state-appointed emergency managers. Detroit, Inkster and River Rouge are all under consent agreements, a step below the appointment of an emergency manager.
Here come the TV ad's for "fiscal accountability"
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Michigan Supreme Court orders emergency manager law referendum on ballot (Original post)
Response to sinkingfeeling (Reply #1)
Fri Aug 3, 2012, 04:24 PM
MichiganVote (19,349 posts)
2. Hard to say. People want something to happen in the deficit cities, but...
this is Michigan and residents usually don't like too much State interference in local issues. The overlap into the schools and the suspension of union contracts has obviously pissed off workers. The advent of the EFM's and resultant charter school contracts w/o community involvement is a negative also.
Overall, people will want to vote as opposed to just being told this or that.
Response to MichiganVote (Reply #2)
Sat Aug 4, 2012, 04:23 PM
Bozita (26,955 posts)
5. Freep's Stephen Henderson: Now we could dump EM law, but we shouldn't
This is NOT encouraging!
Stephen Henderson: Now we could dump EM law, but we shouldn't
August 4, 2012 | Comments
Commentary And Criticism
The state Supreme Court's 4-3 decision Friday to allow a referendum this fall on Michigan's emergency manager law finally halted the most shameful blurring of craven politics and governance that I've seen this election cycle.
The arguments about fonts and point size in petition typography were legal stunts to thwart the expressed will of more than 200,000 state voters who knew exactly what they were doing when they signed their names to call for a vote on the law. Of course this proposal qualified for the ballot.
And now that it will be there, it should be voted down. This ballot proposal is an ill-conceived and short-sighted reaction to a law that Michigan needs, especially during this period of economic transition. Taking past performance as the best indicator of future developments, repealing this law will likely precipitate a series of local economic disasters with ramifications for the entire state.
The law wasn't some egotistical power grab by heady Lansing politicians. It was a necessary response to the mounting debt and collapsing local services that plague cities such as Flint and Benton Harbor, and school districts including Detroit and Highland Park. It's a law intended to avoid insolvency, provide stability and effect necessary and, yes, difficult transitions to new management models.
Response to MichiganVote (Original post)
Fri Aug 3, 2012, 04:35 PM
catbyte (6,555 posts)
3. WOO HOO!!!!!!!
That totally bogus decision by the Board of Canvassers was an outrage. I am happy to see there actually ARE limits to the GOP abuse of power in MI.
Anishinaabe in MI