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,"
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.
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.