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  •  I'm sorry, I truly did not know that (3+ / 0-)
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    Eclectablog, RUNDOWN, ChemBob

    Man, now I REALLY wish dKos had an Edit button.  :)  Even if Snyder didn't come up with the idea, though, he was the one who signed it into law -- twice now -- correct?

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    by filkertom on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 06:53:25 AM PST

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    •  Actually, I think it (1+ / 0-)
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      Was Granholm who signed the first version of this law

    •  Yes, of course (1+ / 0-)
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      Once it was in play, he was fully behind it.

      Sadly, properly done, some sort of Financial Manager program to assist cities that are struggling wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing. However, once the GOP got ahold of the idea, they turned it into a cut-your-way-to-a-balanced-budget fiasco with a little screw-the-unions and privatize-anything-not-nailed-down thrown in for good measure.

      "Back off, man. I'm a scientist."
      -- Dr. Peter Venkman

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      by Eclectablog on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 08:10:56 AM PST

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      •  This has been brewing for decades (2+ / 0-)
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        and it's directly targeted at the city of Detroit, and it's blighted and failing bordering suburbs.

        Most people from there understand and remember the political dynamic starting with the "white flight" to Oakland and Macomb Counties, the Coleman Young administration, the unaccountable "at large" Detroit city council, the riots, Detroit's perennially failing schools, neighborhood devastation,. etc.

        It's equivalent to the Annexation of the city, and honestly I'm on the fence about that, (Detroit needs a major government "shake up" before any investment comes back). but I'm also quite sure the GOP would abuse such powers over time - any way they can.

        If not us ... who? If not here ... where? If not now ... when?

        by RUNDOWN on Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 08:48:30 AM PST

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    •  A previous emergency manager law existed (4+ / 0-)
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      and was used by our previous Democratic Governor Jennifer Granholm. The Detroit public school system was already under emergency management by the state when Snyder was elected and took office.

      There was little opposition to the law when a Democrat was governor. And the only alternative is to allow or force municipalities into bankruptcy court, wherein a random judge would manage it's accounts.

      The law was repealed by referendum in the November election as undermining local democratic government.

      Personally, I think the democratic process of those municipalities and school districts on the verge of bankruptcy are undermined by corruption, greed, and incompetence. A total failure of local democratic process, because the process is broken by segregation.

      Emergency management could be the best or worst solution.

      So the state house Republicans and Snyder just wrote a new revised emergency manager law, and applied an appropriation to it in order to exempt it from future referendum rejection.

      As they did with the union busting bill, so it can not be repealed by referendum either. Which is a different story, this story.

      Believe me Pure Michigan never applied to those districts primed for emergency management. Pure blight.

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