If not EFMs, then what?

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My friend Chris Savage at Eclectablog has been making a compelling case against Governor Rick Snyder’s Emergency Financial Manager (EFM) law, Public Act 4 of 2011, which allows Snyder to install dictators in Michigan cities to nullify contracts, fire elected officials, reverse agreements with unions, sell off or privatize community assets and otherwise kill representative […]

Democracy Now Interview on EFM Lawsuit

John Philo of Sugar Law Center, and Edith Lee-Payne, plaintiff from Detroit are interviewed on Democracy Now! ” … we had an emergency financial manager law … this expands the scope. This is not a matter of balancing the books.” — John Philo “There is very little left for us to do other than exercise […]

BREAKING: Major lawsuit attacks Michigan’s Financial Martial Law Act as unconstitutional

I have a piece up at A2Politico.com that reveals the breaking news that 28 Michigan residents along with the Sugar Law Center for Economic & Social Justice and the Center for Constitutional Rights have filed a lawsuit in Michigan challenging the constitutionality of Public Act 4, the so-call “Financial Martial Law Act” recently passed by […]

BREAKING: Big news on the fight against Michigan’s EFM law coming tomorrow!

The Sugar Law Center for Economic & Social Justice, a non-profit law firm based in Detroit, just released this news: CITIZENS TO ANNOUNCE MAJOR STATEWIDE ACTION AGAINST MICHIGAN’S CONTROVERSIAL EMERGENCY MANAGER LAW Over two dozen citizens from across Michigan will announce, on Wednesday, June 22, a major action directed against Michigan’s controversial “emergency manager” law. […]

Washtenaw County kicks off effort to repeal EFM Law this Saturday

As you probably know by now, this past spring, Michigan Republicans passed legislation that Governor Rick Snyder signed into law as Public Act 4 of 2011, otherwise known as “The Emergency Financial Manager (EFM) Law”. Although Michigan governors already had the ability to put EFMs in place in struggling cities and schools, this new law […]

BREAKING: Michigan EFM outsources H2O treatment to co. facing 26 felony Clean Water Act violations

I have a new piece up today at A2Politico that shows just how far Michigan’s CPA-style Emergency Financial Managers (EFMs) will go to cut costs. Michael Stampfler is Pontiac, Michigan’s EFM. He has the dubious distinction of being the first Michigan EFM to use new powers granted by Michigan Republicans to cancel a union contract. […]

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Note: to find all of my coverage of the Benton Harbor situation, click HERE. The most recent posts are at the top. Benton Harbor Emergency Financial Manager (EFM) Joseph L. Harris took further steps to reconfigure the Brownfield Redevelopment Authority, the group responsible for directing how brownfields, former industrial sites, are developed. Note that there […]

Benton Harbor EFM continues the disenfranchisement of voters, tightens his power

Note: to find all of my coverage of the Benton Harbor situation, click HERE. The most recent posts are at the top. Benton Harbor Emergency Financial Manager (EFM) Joseph L. Harris took further steps to reconfigure the Brownfield Redevelopment Authority, the group responsible for directing how brownfields, former industrial sites, are developed. Note that there […]

Repealing Michigan’s odious Emergency Financial Manager Law, P.A. 4

There is a movement afoot to repeal the unconstitutional Public Act 4, Michigan’s Emergency Financial Manager (EFM) law. The group heading it up is Michigan Forward. Trainings are being held across the state to help people be as effective as possible in this effort. Here’s the information and note that the trainings are this weekend. […]

New A-musical Ad: America’s (and Michigan’s) Koch Brothers Addiction

New ad out on the Koch Brothers and their buying of the US and State governments across the country in the name of corporate interests and for privatization of public assets: Does Michigan have a Koch problem? Look for yourself. This is exactly how many feel about these folks: “You are filthy rich, so why […]

Whirlpool has paid no corporate taxes for 3 years, got a tax refund in 2010

You know Whirlpool, the large corporation that is an integral part of the city of Benton Harbor and who received $3.87 million in tax breaks from the city last year as a bribe so they would build their new headquarters there instead of leaving Benton Harbor altogether? According to Business Week, they haven’t paid a […]

Rep. Al Pscholka demands an interview on The Rachel Maddow Show

This should be fun. Al Pscholka is begging to be interviewed by Rachel Maddow. The west Michigan lawmaker who sponsored emergency financial manager legislation that has been repeatedly pilloried by MSNBC host Rachel Maddow — especially for the way it has been applied in Benton Harbor — is asking Maddow to allow him to make […]