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Sat Aug 4, 2012, 03:23 PM

5. Freep's Stephen Henderson: Now we could dump EM law, but we shouldn't

This is NOT encouraging!


Stephen Henderson: Now we could dump EM law, but we shouldn't
August 4, 2012 | Comments
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Stephen Henderson

The state Supreme Court's 4-3 decision Friday to allow a referendum this fall on Michigan's emergency manager law finally halted the most shameful blurring of craven politics and governance that I've seen this election cycle.

The arguments about fonts and point size in petition typography were legal stunts to thwart the expressed will of more than 200,000 state voters who knew exactly what they were doing when they signed their names to call for a vote on the law. Of course this proposal qualified for the ballot.

And now that it will be there, it should be voted down. This ballot proposal is an ill-conceived and short-sighted reaction to a law that Michigan needs, especially during this period of economic transition. Taking past performance as the best indicator of future developments, repealing this law will likely precipitate a series of local economic disasters with ramifications for the entire state.

The law wasn't some egotistical power grab by heady Lansing politicians. It was a necessary response to the mounting debt and collapsing local services that plague cities such as Flint and Benton Harbor, and school districts including Detroit and Highland Park. It's a law intended to avoid insolvency, provide stability and effect necessary and, yes, difficult transitions to new management models.


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