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State of Michigan provides its facts on Emergency Managers

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Mike Brownfield, State of Michigan -

The following information comes from the state of Michigan web site: DETROITCANTWAIT.COM

The news that Governor Snyder has declared that a financial emergency exists in Detroit has raised questions about emergency manager laws in Michigan. The fact is, emergency manager laws have been around for years, and the tool has been used by Democrat and Republican governors alike to solve problems in cities and school districts across Michigan.

Fact 1: Emergency Financial Managers Aren't New

Michigan has had an emergency financial manager law on the books since 1990. The original law, Public Act 101, was signed by Democrat governor James Blanchard.

Fact 2: Democrat and Republican Governors Have Used Emergency Financial Managers

Under Democrat Governor James Blanchard, two emergency managers were appointed, and under Democrat Governor Jennifer Granholm, seven emergency managers were appointed. In fact, Governor Granholm appointed the first emergency manager for Detroit Public Schools in 2009. See the full list below.

Fact 3: Detroit Isn't the Only City to Have An Emergency Financial Manager

Emergency Financial Managers have been appointed in Royal Oak Township, Hamtramck, Highland Park, Flint, the Village of Three Oaks, Detroit Public Schools, Pontiac, Ecorse, Benton Harbor, Highland Park Schools, Muskegon Heights Schools and Allen Park.

Fact 4: Emergency Financial Managers Are Held Accountable

State Treasurer Andy Dillon, who previously served as the Democrat Speaker of the House, leads the effort to ensure that emergency financial managers are properly trained.

Emergency financial managers are then accountable to both the governor and the Legislature, which in turn are both accountable to voters.

Fact 5: Emergency Financial Managers Cannot Eliminate Collective Bargaining

Though an emergency financial manager can take actions to void contracts to prevent a local government from going bankrupt, new agreements with workers could still be reached through the collective bargaining process.

 

Statute

Local Unit

EFM/EM

Appointment
Date

Administration

Appointed By

 

 

 

 

 

 

Act 101

Royal Oak Township

Steve Smaka
George Smith

January 1990
July 2, 1990

Gov. Blanchard
Gov. Blanchard

ELB
ELB

 

 

 

 

 

 

Act 72

Hamtramck

Louis Schimmel

November 16, 200

Gov. Engler

ELB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Highland Park

Ramona Henderson Pearson
Art Blackwell
Robert Mason

June 19, 2001
March 17, 2005
April 17, 2009

Gov. Engler

ELB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flint

Ed Kurtz

July 8, 2002

Gov. Engler

ELB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Village of Three Oaks

Pamela Amato

December 1, 2008

Gov. Granholm

ELB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Detroit Public Schools

Robert Bobb
Roy Roberts

March, 2009
May 4, 2011

Gov. Granholm
Gov. Snyder

Gov. Granholm
Gov. Snyder

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pontiac

Fred Leeb
Michael Stampfler
Louis Schimmel

March 19, 2009
July 1, 2010
September

Gov. Granholm
Gov. Granholm
Gov. Granholm

ELB
ELB
ELB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ecorse

Joyce Parker

October 30, 2009

Gov. Granholm

ELB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Benton Harbor

Joseph Harris

April 1, 2010

Gov. Granholm

ELB

 

 

 

 

 

 

Act 4

Flint

Mike Brown

November 28, 2011

Gov. Snyder

Gov. Snyder

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Highland Park Schools

Joyce Parker
Don Weatherspoon

May 9, 2012
October 29, 2012

Gov. Snyder
Gov. Snyder

Gov. Snyder
Gov. Snyder

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Muskegon Heights Schools

Don Weatherspoon

April 23, 2012

Gov. Snyder

Gov. Snyder

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Allen Park

Joyce Parker

October 26, 2012

Gov. Snyder

Gov. Snyder

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