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  •  The Michigan legislature has the power (1+ / 0-)
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    to establish cities, change their boundaries and set their authorities to tax.  

    § 27 Metropolitan governments and authorities.
    Sec. 27. Notwithstanding any other provision of this constitution the legislature may
    establish in metropolitan areas additional forms of government or authorities with powers,
    duties and jurisdictions as the legislature shall provide. Wherever possible, such additional
    forms of government or authorities shall be designed to perform multipurpose functions rather
    than a single function.
    History: Const. 1963, Art. VII, §27, Eff. Jan. 1, 1964.
    Former Constitution: See Const. 1908, Art. VIII, §31.

    •  Not sure I'm reading it right (1+ / 0-)
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      It says, establish additional powers.  Not, take them away, or fire the elected officials and install your cronies.

      Hey heck!!  Could the federal government take over Miss or TX?  Congress established the states, right?

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