Takeover of Benton Harbor Michigan
People who wanted to play golf on the shores of Lake Michigan found a way to just steal the public park right out from the hands of the Benton Harbor townspeople and turn it into a golf course.
The Scandal of Michigan’s Emergency Managers
On January 20 the progressive think tank Michigan Forward and the Detroit branch of the NAACP sent a joint letter to Michigan Governor Rick Snyder expressing concern over Public Act 4, the Local Government and School District Fiscal Accountability Act. Signed into law in March 2011, it granted unprecedented new powers to the state’s emergency managers (EMs), including breaking union contracts, taking over pension systems, setting school curriculums and even dissolving or disincorporating municipalities. Under PA 4, EMs, who are appointed by the governor, can “exercise any power or authority of any officer, employee, department, board, commission or other similar entity of the local government whether elected or appointed.”
The related news story: http://www.thenation.com/article/166297/scandal-michigans-emergency-managers
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