Michigan bill would impose "financial martial law"
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signs his first bill as governor at the State Capitol in Lansing, Mich., on Tuesday March 8, 2011.
Michigan lawmakers are on the verge of approving a bill that would enable the governor to appoint "emergency managers" -- officials with unilateral power to make sweeping changes to cities facing financial troubles.
Under the legislation, the Michigan Messenger reports, the governor could declare a "financial emergency" in towns or school districts. He could then appoint a manager to fire local elected officials, break contracts, seize and sell assets, eliminate services - and even eliminate whole cities or school districts without any public input.
The measure passed in the state Senate this week; the House passed its own version earlier. The two versions of the bill are expected to be reconciled next week, and Republican Gov. Rick Snyder has said he will sign the bill the bill into law.
Democrats and their allies are decrying the legislation as a power grab and say it's part of a wider effort taking place in several states, such as Wisconsin, to weaken labor unions.
If the bill concerned itself with "broken" municipalities alone (as the original law did), AND had a procedural due prcess to ensure that the takeovers were proper, then it would be much like many laws across the US. But, it adds what appears to be dictaorial powers for the governor (through his managerial appointee) to cancell election results, buy and sell property, and abrogate contracts. The issue is whether it is Constitutional in Michigan to have such powers concentrated in the state's chief executive. Note that constitutions generally seperate powers amongst the different branches, and the legislaure cannot give the governor powers they should hold, or localities should hold, even if they want to. Theoreticall at least, this is how we're supposed to avoid a dictatorship being "voted in".
No one can Null and Void Elected officials that have already been elected unless people stand by and let it happen. As with Scott Walker and his phone conversation with who he thought was David Koch, It is pretty revealing that Republicans do not stand with the the People.
"The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerate the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than their Democratic state itself. That, in its essence, is Fascism - Ownership of government by an individual, by a group,"
Franklin D. Roosevelt...
gfo and fidel, I am sure you would NOT rate the Detroit Free Press editorial page a right wing blatt. This is an editorial that shows this new law in Michigan to give the state a way to solve cities and local areas financial problems. It is very favorable to this new law. I suppose it is due to all other solutions having been tried and failed. This editorial says it will not break unions in Michigan. Test your reading comprehension.
Well gfo99, this from the Detroit Free press front page says the bill has passed both houses and the governor is getting ready to sign it. This bill appears to me to be invoked only when a Michigan city has gotten itself into a financial emergency, i.e., has way too much debt for its cash flow/tax base.
enable the governor to appoint "emergency managers" -- officials with unilateral power to make sweeping changes to cities facing financial troubles."
So by royal fiat, the gov says he can pick and choose which counties or municipalities are having "financial troubles"..
Then replace the elected officials of these towns and counties without voter consent..
Oh yeah, thats sounds costitutional,
does he have storm troopers with arm bannds and german shepards ready to send in to any town that RESISTS his royal decree..???
The pukes have lost what little minds they ever had...