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Do Michiganders have a right to local representation?

Yesterday, I posted something here about the Emergency Financial Manager of Benton Harbor’s efforts to sell a community radio station for the paltry sum of $5,000. I saw the story as an illustration of the fact that, when it came right down to it, these Lansing-appointed replacements for our local elected officials didn’t really have […]

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Petition drive begins to stop Michigan’s Emergency Financial Manager law

Earlier this evening, I received an email from Ypsilanti Mayor Paul Schreiber, asking me to sign a petition calling for the repeal of Public Act 4 (PA4), or, what’s commonly known as, Michigan’s Fiscal Accountability Act. This, as you might recall, is the legislation put forward by Governor Rick Snyder upon taking office, which gives […]

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Ypsilanti City Council passes resolution opposing Snyder agenda, calling for statewide tax reform

At Tuesday night’s meeting of the Ypsilanti City Council, the following resolution was offered by Councilmen Mike Bodary and Dan Vogt. It is, as you will realize when you read it, largely symbolic in nature, but I wholeheartedly endorse the sentiment behind it. Furthermore, I hope that it encourages other communities across Michigan to do […]

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As many as 400 Emergency Financial Managers to be trained in Michigan

Bloomberg is reporting that Michigan may be training as many as 400 Emergency Financial Managers to take over the state’s struggling communities and school systems. Pervious reports had put the number at less than half that. Here’s a clip from the article. …Michigan is giving hundreds of financial professionals and public employees a crash course […]

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