Michigan Governor Rick Snyder is asking lawmakers to consider a new emergency manager bill to replace the one voters spiked last week in a citizens’ repeal. The idea is to give troubled local governments some say in the state takeover instead of just taking them over and firing the local officials. From the Detroit News:
“We’re definitely focused on addressing the biggest criticism — which is that it’s anti-democratic,” a ranking official inside the Snyder administration said in an interview, referring to the controversial emergency manager law. “We’re focusing on giving local officials choices.”
With the emergency manager law gone, it’s not clear who gets to be in charge of what in places that were put under some level of state control. Opponents of the emergency manager law are contending in court that the entire structure is gone, including the earlier, less powerful system of emergency financial managers. In Muskegon Heights, the school board is wondering who’s the boss of what, and you’ll hear the same question in Detroit and in the Detroit schools.