State Proposal Asks Voters if Emergency Manager Law Should be Approved
Proposal 1, which appears on the Nov. 6 ballot, will ask voters to approve the Emergency Manager Law.
Voters will decide whether to allow the approval of the Emergency Manager Law in Michigan Nov. 6, when a state ballot proposal will ask for a referendum on Public Act 4 of 2011.
The state Board of Canvassers placed the issue repealing the Emergency Manager Law on the Nov. 6 ballot, because it was directed to do so by the Michigan Supreme Court, according to the Citizens Research Council of Michigan. The law has been suspended since Aug. 8.
The following language for proposal 12-1 will appear on the Nov. 6 ballot:
This proposal would:
- Establish criteria to assess the financial condition of local government units, including school districts.
- Authorize the governor to appoint an emergency manager (EM) upon state finding of a financial emergency, and allow the EM to act in place of local government officials.
- Require the EM to develop financial and operating plans, which may include modification or termination of contracts, reorganization of government, and determination of expenditures, services, and use of assets until the emergency is resolved.
- Alternatively, authorize state-appointed review team to enter into a local government approved consent decree.
Should this proposal be approved?
If you vote:
Yes – Should a majority of electors vote “Yes” on the referendum, the law will be reinstated. The law will allow state officials to identify and take action on financial crises in local governments and schools. Such actions may prevent those local institutions from going bankrupt and in turn prevent taxpayers from more burden.
No – Should a majority of electors vote “No,” the law will be repealed. Voting "No" would not allow emergency managers to modify or terminate contracts with public employee unions. Also, it could end the right of the state to appoint emergency managers, which will return full authority to locally elected officials.