Michigan: The Bill That Could Dissolve Cities, Towns And Schools!
Governor Snyder May Dissolve A Town Near You!
If Governor Rick Snyder determines that a city, town or even school district is in financial jeopardy, proposed Michigan legislation would allow the state to dismantle entire cities, dissolving locally elected government. The Michigan GOP legislature is intent on passing and implementing this legislation that will make what has just happened in Wisconsin seem like child's play! In addition, the state would have the same powers with regards to schools, dismissing school board members, and taking over any and all schools in a district. Heard enough? Of course not! Under the terms of the bill, corporations can be appointed and paid to take control and assume management of these disbanded cities, towns and school districts, selling assets, closing schools and eliminating all employee agreements. All collective bargaining can be dissolved, but even more than that, the mayors, city councils and local school boards that have been elected by the people will lose all control. They will be fired! Michigan's locally elected governments will serve at the pleasure of the governor, not the people who elected them.
Governor Snyder and his state treasurer, Andy Dillon, already have a training manual and program set up to instruct corporations and potential managers on such topics such as: How To Dissolve A City, Privatization of Assets, Sale of Assets, Merger of Services with Other Governmental Entities. Latest estimates suggest that additional training will take place in April or May. They are wasting no time!
The Phrase Fiscal Crisis Creates Panic and Fear!
Panic and fear cause otherwise rational people to allow irrational action. Uttering the words fiscal crisis does not make it so, but Governor Snyder will not have to prove that a city, town or school district is suffering a fiscal crisis. The legislation will allow the Governor and his chosen staff to redefine and determine fiscal crisis. The Emergency Managers will have unprecedented new powers. Already, dozens of Michigan cities and towns that are on the verge of financial collapse are concerned about the new legislation. Due to state funding cuts, there will be many more that will become cash strapped. Which of those will the governor choose to dissolve? No one knows. He will make the decision based upon his own definition of fiscal crisis.
Which Corporations Will Be Hired To Manage or Sell Michigan Towns?
Goldman-Sachs, J.P. Morgan Chase and Morgan Stanley all donated to Snyder's campaign. The governor holds major interests in several bio-tech and health-related companies. Under the provisions of the new bill, the governor will choose the managers. Maybe Detroit will eventually change its name to Morgan Stanleyville or Chaseton. At one time, I thought this idea was far-fetched, but after reading newspapers printed in Michigan which debate, discuss and report the facts of this bill, the over reaching bill frightens many who believe in a representative form of government. While you may dislike your mayor or even your city council, the idea that the state will be allowed to take your town and assets may just frighten you a little bit. It is scaring the people of Michigan!
Whose Side Is Snyder on? He Is Not A Friend Of The Middle Class!
In an updated note from Michigan, if you cannot determine whose side Snyder is on, CEOs or middle class working people, his budget and tax proposals clearly demonstrate that he is in bed with his rich buddies. Pat Garofalo at Think Progress points out:
Snyder has proposed ending his state’s Earned Income Tax Credit, cutting a $600 per child tax credit, and reducing credits for seniors, while also cutting funding for school districts by 8 to 10%. At the same time, as the Michigan League for Human Services found, the state’s business taxes would be reduced by nearly $2 Billion dollars, or 86%.
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