Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder just signed a law to continue giving broad power to emergency financial managers appointed by the state to fix local financial problems, even though voters rejected a similar measure in November.
The new law has already been derided by opponents, but like the heated right-to-work law, it has a measure in place keeping it safe from voter referendum. The law won't go into effect for 90 days and will likely face court challenges, especially over a manager's ability to modify collective bargaining agreements and contracts.
But the revised law does offer troubled communities some control. Officials can choose between bankruptcy, mediation, a special partnership with the State of Michigan, or to accept an emergency manager. Elected officials can also request the dismissal of a manager, or vote one out with a two-thirds majority, after 18 months.
Emergency managers are used in Michigan to fix financially troubled cities and school districts. They previously held the power to overrule locally elected officials, adjust contracts, and sell public assets.
Via the Detroit News and the Huffington Post.