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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HSchneider 5 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

The GOP has no shame, no scruples, and no subtlety. This is simply a blatant power play. How do they propose to assess a city or town is bankrupt? I know how they will do it. It will be dissolved if it is a Democratic city. Bye bye Detroit. People have to wake up to these 2 bit new Republican Governors who want to become dictators. The Koch brothers are behind all of these schemes. Great exposing Hub.

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Jillian Barclay 5 years ago from California, USA Author

The governor has the discretion, in this bill, to determine if a city, town or school district is in financial crisis. You are right! At this point, I don't doubt that it can happen anywhere! Told you I was afraid of what these extremists will do! I must be getting old! I never used to be frightened! Where is all that talk of local control and government staying out of our business? Certainly not in Michigan!

Thanks, HSchneider. You know I always value your input!

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someonewhoknows 5 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio

This is FACISM pure and simple.


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Fay Paxton 5 years ago

Excellent article Jillian! I can't believe more people aren't in the streets in Florida raising pure hell. The Governor there cut $1.7 billion from education and medicare and then gave $1.7 billion in tax cuts to corporations. That's how you balance a budget?

But then again what should we expect from a state that put a man in office who paid the biggest medicare fraud fine in history?

In Michigan, they have completely lost their minds. Not only are they taking over the government like a dictator who has declared occupation, the Governor is raising taxes on the poor and the elderly.

It's the reverse Robin Hood phenomenon...steal from the poor and give to the rich.

Excellent hub. Up/awesome

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Jillian Barclay 5 years ago from California, USA Author

Thank you, Fay!

The governor of Florida is a pip ( I just can't bring myself to call him what I really want to!). For the life of me, how do voters in a state that has such a high Medicare-aged population, elect a man whose corporation was responsible for the most money stolen from the Medicare coffers in history? They knew, I am sure of it! Not only that, but his corporation stole millions from employees who had invested their money in the company for their 401K's. I personally know people, middle income and less, who worked for the company and lost every dime! Yet, Rick Scott is now a governor! He should be in prison!

As for Michigan, Governor Snyder is doing what I never imagined could be done in this country!

Thank you for your comment! And even in your comments, I see your way with words: "the reverse Robin Hood phenomenon..." Wish I had thought of that!

In case you have not already done so, read some of HSchneider's hubs. The man is brilliant! I think you will like his work!

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arb 5 years ago from oregon

Corporate America has it's favorite bed fellows! Nice write Jillian and voted up.

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Jillian Barclay 5 years ago from California, USA Author

Dear Arb,

Thank you!

Too many people in the same bed can result in some pretty weird stuff, I must say!

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CreatePerfection 5 years ago from Beautiful Colorado

Jillian, awesome hub. I, too, am honored to meet you. I cannot imagine that America will long stand after recent events perpetrated by the Republican party.

If it was just one of them, I would think they had lost their mind, but it is ALL of them.

They have destroyed the very essence that at one time made America great. I truly have given up hope that they will right themselves and come to their senses.

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Jillian Barclay 5 years ago from California, USA Author

Dear CreatePerfection,

I was just getting ready to comment on your article, "America Under Siege - The Enemy Among Us", when I noticed an email saying that you had commented on this article.

First, I believe that at the Republican Governor's Association meeting held in San Diego in mid-November, right after the 2010 mid-terms, the GOP governors set up their national strategy, with each given their assignments. I believe, like you, that these are well- coordinated, premeditated, strategic attacks on the middle class. They have played their cards, all at the same time. There was also a meeting sponsored by the Koch brothers in January of 2011, in Palm Springs (guest list secret), where conservative billionaires and their supporters met to discuss strategy to destroy what they call 'the liberal agenda'. Clarence Thomas also 'stopped by' for four days on the Koch brothers' dime.

You are correct. It IS all of them. But if we give up hope, then we give up the fight. I was at that place a few days ago, but have since decided that it is just to important. We all have to keep writing, keep speaking up and remain determined. I keep hearing the phrase, "One man, one vote." The corporations can buy the politicians, but if we are diligent, they cannot buy our votes!

Second, your article is a must read for anyone that wants to get their facts straight! You blew me away with the statistics! WOW!!!

Finally, I am going to start providing links to other hubs that I think may be educational or enlightened. Fay Paxton does that! It is a terrific idea! Now i will go make my comment on your incredible article!

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weholdthesetruths 5 years ago from Western Flyover Country

All of your "information" comes from what appears to be a left wing propaganda forum (not news, just propaganda), and your commentary has not a single link to or quote from the legislation.

Basically, this looks like totally unfounded propaganda all around.

Go Snyder... break them unions. They have no right to hold the taxpayer hostage to their greed.

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Jillian Barclay 5 years ago from California, USA Author

Dear weholdthesetruths,

Why don't you check out any number of Michigan newspapers and articles by the AP, or do you have issues with them, also?

From an AP article: http://www.mlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2011/03/bi... "Supporters of the plan say many cases could be resolved without the appointment of an emergency manager. Ultimately, the governor would decide whether an emergency manager is appointed. The manager then could modify or end union contracts, order elections to raise or extend property taxes or take a host of other actions. A manager could recommend that local governments consolidate and with the governor's approval could "disincorporate or dissolve" a municipal government. "

If you are suggesting that my information is inaccurate, you are incorrect and uninformed. This bill is not just about collective bargaining. The legislation is primarily designed to allow the governor to appoint emergency managers with broad powers to dissolve cities and schools. Think you are confusing Wisconsin's legislation with Michigan's. I also suggest that you inform yourself before making a comment that clearly shows you have no knowledge of what the legislation is.

If you are upset because I have not quoted Fox News...

Your hub "Why I Would Vote For Palin" tells me all I need to know. Specifically the part which states: "Combined with a near photographic memory, and a knack for arriving at precisely the crucial questions in rapid fire, she impresses everyone who works with her."

Finally, next time you need a policeman or a firefighter, or even a paramedic, let them know that they have no right to hold the taxpayer hostage to their greed...

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breakfastpop 5 years ago

This is news to me. I will have to look into it further.

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Jillian Barclay 5 years ago from California, USA Author

If I am not mistaken, the bill, which has been referred to as the Emergency Managers legislation, was signed into law yesterday by Michigan's governor.

People in Michigan are not happy about the possibility of losing all locally elected officials or having their very town dissolved. I wouldn't want the governor controlling my town or schools, plus being able to sell off assets of the cities? Please research it! Traditionally, Republicans say they don't like the broader government having control of those things. They have always believed in local control. I guess things are changing.

Thanks, BreakfastPop!

charles lapoint 5 years ago

well mr gov. say good bye to most of the people in this state say good bye to education say good bye to jobs,maybe the people here should take you out of office and do what they used to do back in the old days ride you out on a rail. this is crazy what r u thinking

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Jillian Barclay 5 years ago from California, USA Author

Dear Charles,

Once the people in Michigan actually realize what he is doing, they may just ride him out on a rail. I can't see Michiganders allowing a dictator to actually remain in office for too long!

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Credence2 5 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

I have heard about this, it is tyranny in the making. Fascism peeking?

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Jillian Barclay 5 years ago from California, USA Author

Dear Credence2,

The Michigan governor is quite a character! But then, all of the newly elected GOP governors are doing the same things, one by one. By the time they get voted out of office, we will have quite a mess to clean up.

You are right. It is tyranny! Let us know what is happening in Hawaii. The best time I ever had with my family was the 2 weeks we spent in Hawaii! What a beautiful state and the people were incredible!

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Credence2 5 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

Please give us a shout if you plan to visit us here and allow us to shower you with Aloha. Your friendship is cherished and we will get the word out, one person at a time if need be, but we can never allow the enemy to co-opt or silence us. Look forward to to more stimulative articles coming from your pen... Best regards

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Jillian Barclay 5 years ago from California, USA Author

Dear Credence2,

Thank you for your kind and gracious offer--told you the people in Hawaii are awesome!

Keep your pen full of ink, too. We have to do this together! I will be reading more of your work in the morning!

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weholdthesetruths 5 years ago from Western Flyover Country

You said "Finally, next time you need a policeman or a firefighter, or even a paramedic, let them know that they have no right to hold the taxpayer hostage to their greed..."

That's absolutely correct. They ARE PUBLIC SERVANTS. They have no right to get together and say "we're hired to serve you, but we refuse to do so until you make us whatever deal we want."

If they don't want to be a cop at cop's wages, then they should go do something else. If they don't want to be a fireman at what the public deems it can pay, then they should not be. PERIOD.

And don't go all fake righteous on me... I just attended my son's graduation from fire school.... AS A VOLUNTEER. That's right, he's a volunteer firefighter, and enrolled in school to become a VOLUNTEER EMT.

And our ambulance service? Is a private company, paid for by people who use the service. And it's going broke, because people refuse to pay their bill. Your solution?

Do you have one? I bet not, other than to turn yet more money over and show us how and why the taxpayer should spend FAR MORE ( yeah, publicly funded ambulance services always cost far more... wonder why?) for a politically run service?

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Jillian Barclay 5 years ago from California, USA Author

Dear Weholdthesetruths,

First, Congratulations on your son's graduation and continued education! I wish him success in the future!

Second, collective bargaining is not striking, it is bargaining. The two are different. Not all bargaining ends in a strike. Also, it is illegal for public employees to strike. Throughout this country, public employees have taken pay cuts, have agreed to contribute to their retirement and health care. So, please do not try to get away with making the unjustified argument that public servants are greedy. They are not. Most of them cannot work as volunteers. They have to have an income. I am sure that you would like your son to have an income, also.

You and I will be disagreeing on virtually everything, I am sure. The best suggestion I have to offer is that you keep writing articles and educate people as to your way of thinking.

Private ambulance services can cost taxpayers nothing, unless you add up the amount of money they are costing the taxpayer via Medicare and Medicaid fraud. While that is not something you will see on the city ledger, it does show up in the state and federal budgets. For the last several years, ambulance billing has been the target of numerous investigations and successful prosecutions by the government. I will give you one reference:http://www2.nbc4i.com/news/2010/nov/04/private-amb... . For additional info, do your own research. Perhaps your local privately owned ambulance company is billing incorrectly. You have provided no statistics or evidence that the reason it is going broke is because people don't pay their bills. Perhaps, the owner is incompetent.

China pays their firefighters the equivalent of $325.00 a month. Maybe your town can outsource your fire protection and paramedics to them. If you so undervalue the work of firefighters, and your son agrees with you, maybe he will strive for a paying job with China.

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chefsref 5 years ago from Citra Florida

Hi Jillian, another brilliant article, informative and well researched. Being in Florida myself, it's nice to see that we haven't cornered the market on (expletive deleted) governors. The country is paying a terrible price for this blind devotion to anyone wearing a conservative label. Being a crook doesn't keep you out of the governor's office as long as you claim to be conservative.

Up and awesome

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Jillian Barclay 5 years ago from California, USA Author

Dear Chef Lee,

Rick Scott is a pretty bad example of governors in America. Still don't know what happened there! Maybe it is just claiming to be a conservative; you are probably right. The meaning of conservative is completely different today than it was years ago. People seem to be clueless!

Would love it if you wrote a definitive piece on how Rick Scott is changing your state, and how he is damaging it. I know that your articles on food are my favorite, but you are such a wonderful writer that you seem to be able to take on any subject and do it justice.

Are people beginning to see that he is out for himself and his own benefit?

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