efm http://michiganradio.org en Flint's emergency manager submitting resignation, as expected http://michiganradio.org/post/flints-emergency-manager-submitting-resignation-expected <p>Flint’s Emergency Manager submitted his letter of resignation today.&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Ed Kurtz has long said he planned to step down at the close of the fiscal year at the end of June. &nbsp;His letter of resignation simply makes that official.</p><p></p><p>Kurtz was appointed as Flint’s emergency financial manager last summer, after the city’s previous emergency manager had to step down because of changes in the law.</p><p></p> Wed, 29 May 2013 18:52:08 +0000 Steve Carmody 12793 at http://michiganradio.org Flint's emergency manager submitting resignation, as expected Flint's emergency manager to rollout the city's FY2014 budget today http://michiganradio.org/post/flints-emergency-manager-rollout-citys-fy2014-budget-today <p>Flint’s emergency manager will unveil the city’s budget plan for next year later today.</p><p></p><p>Elected officials in most Michigan cities have spent the past month or so holding public meetings to discuss and get public feedback on their spending plans for next year.</p><p></p><p>But in Flint, the emergency manager has sidelined the mayor and city council</p><p></p><p>So the budget has been drafted behind closed doors.</p><p></p><p>The plan will be made public late this afternoon, after state officials have had a look and possibly made some changes.</p><p></p> Mon, 20 May 2013 04:23:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 12635 at http://michiganradio.org Flint's emergency manager to rollout the city's FY2014 budget today Buena Vista school district could be headed down the path to an emergency manager http://michiganradio.org/post/buena-vista-school-district-could-be-headed-down-path-emergency-manager <p>A Saginaw area school district that's closed its doors has now asked the state to review its finances.</p><p>That's the first step toward a state appointed emergency manager.</p><p>But the move does not guarantee the District's 400 students will be back in class anytime soon.</p><p>The Buena Vista school board heard from parents and students last night, angry about the abrupt and apparent early end of the school year.</p><p>“If we don’t get these kids back in school…we’re going to be the ones who destroyed their lives,” one upset father told the school board.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 10 May 2013 04:43:47 +0000 Steve Carmody & The Associated Press 12507 at http://michiganradio.org Buena Vista school district could be headed down the path to an emergency manager Emergency manager revokes Highland Park diplomas http://michiganradio.org/post/emergency-manager-revokes-highland-park-diplomas <p>HIGHLAND PARK, Mich. (AP) - The state-appointed emergency manager for Highland Park's public schools has revoked diplomas awarded last year to 18 students.<br><br>MLive reported Friday that a review of transcripts determined the students were given credit for failed classes or didn't have enough credit hours to graduate.<br><br>Emergency manager Donald Weatherspoon says the students in the academically and financially struggling Detroit area district were "misled" by school officials.<br><br>Weatherspoon also is manager of Muskegon Heights Public Schools in West Michigan.<br> Sat, 13 Apr 2013 13:45:00 +0000 The Associated Press 12127 at http://michiganradio.org Suit to halt Detroit emergency manager appointment dismissed http://michiganradio.org/post/suit-halt-detroit-emergency-manager-appointment-dismissed <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A lawsuit seeking to block the appointment of Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr has been dismissed.<br><br>Activist Robert Davis said Monday that the lawsuit became "moot" when a Lansing Circuit Court judge refused last month to hold a hearing before Orr's hiring by the state's Emergency Loan Board.<br><br>Davis says both parties stipulated that the suit be dismissed "based on a pending case" before another judge to invalidate Orr's appointment.<br> Mon, 08 Apr 2013 23:22:41 +0000 The Associated Press 12053 at http://michiganradio.org Suit to halt Detroit emergency manager appointment dismissed Could there be a "Water War" between Flint and Detroit? http://michiganradio.org/post/could-there-be-water-war-between-flint-and-detroit <p>A battle is brewing over where the city of Flint will get its tap water.</p><p></p><p>Last month, the Flint city council voted to join a project to get fresh water from Lake Huron. &nbsp;&nbsp;Supporters say the project will save the city millions of dollars by replacing its current water source: the city of Detroit.</p><p></p><p>But the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department is asking the state Treasury Department to veto the plan.</p><p></p><p>Bill Johnson is with the DWSD. He says state officials need to step in to prevent a “water war.”</p><p></p> Tue, 02 Apr 2013 15:47:40 +0000 Steve Carmody 11970 at http://michiganradio.org Could there be a "Water War" between Flint and Detroit? Flint city council asks governor to begin the process away from an emergency manager http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-city-council-asks-governor-begin-process-away-emergency-manager <p>The Flint City Council has taken a first step toward taking back control of the city’s finances.</p><p>The council last night unanimously passed a resolution asking Governor Rick Snyder to remove the city’s emergency manager.<br>&nbsp;</p><p>Flint city officials want the governor to replace the emergency manager with a transition team to phase out state control of the city’s finances over two years.</p> Tue, 26 Mar 2013 04:27:20 +0000 Jake Neher 11862 at http://michiganradio.org Flint city council asks governor to begin the process away from an emergency manager Flint leaders look to emerge from emergency manager control http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-leaders-look-emerge-emergency-manager-control <p>The Flint city council is expected to vote tonight on a plan that may set the stage for the city to emerge from state oversight.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>The council will consider asking the governor to appoint a “receivership transition advisory board.”&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Flint Mayor Dayne Walling says the board would guide the city after the departure of the emergency manager.</p><p></p><p></p><p>“This is an area of the law that we want to take advantage of,” says Walling, “We want assistance with our revenue estimates…with budget amendments.”</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 04:07:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 11833 at http://michiganradio.org Flint leaders look to emerge from emergency manager control Flint leaders delay decision on water pipeline project again http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-leaders-delay-decision-water-pipeline-project-again <p>The Flint city council has delayed a decision on whether to take part in a quarter billion dollar project to tap water from Lake Huron for the city’s drinking water. The panel delayed taking action on the proposal last week as well.</p><p></p><p>The project has been in development for years. But supporters say they will soon have to start work on the project. They want Flint leaders to decide now if the city is going to be part of the project.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 03:04:11 +0000 Steve Carmody 11752 at http://michiganradio.org Flint leaders delay decision on water pipeline project again Groups opposed to Detroit emergency financial manager appointment prepare for announcement http://michiganradio.org/post/groups-opposed-detroit-emergency-financial-manager-appointment-prepare-announcement <p>Governor Snyder will name an emergency financial manager for Detroit today and groups that oppose the move are gearing up.</p><p></p><p>Some Detroiters fiercely believe that an emergency manager would be an illegal action that deprives them of local control.</p><p></p><p>Tom Barrow is a former Detroit mayoral candidate with the group Citizens for Detroit’s Future.</p><p></p><p>He says some people have vowed what sounds like an insurrection.</p><p></p> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 11:29:56 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 11684 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's governor may announce the appointment of a Detroit emergency financial manager Thursday http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-governor-may-announce-appointment-detroit-emergency-financial-manager-thursday <p>DETROIT (AP) - Gov. Rick Snyder will announce his final determination Thursday on a review of Detroit's finances - a move that could include the appointment of an emergency manager for the city.<br><br>That announcement is scheduled for 2 p.m. in Detroit, an hour before a state board responsible for hiring emergency managers for distressed Michigan cities and public school districts is to hold a special meeting in Lansing.<br><br>Snyder has said an emergency manager selection for Detroit has to go before the Local Emergency Financial Assistance Loan Board.<br> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 01:10:52 +0000 The Associated Press 11683 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's governor may announce the appointment of a Detroit emergency financial manager Thursday Michigan's Emergency Financial Manager law survives legal challenge http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-emergency-financial-manager-law-survives-legal-challenge <p>Michigan’s controversial Emergency Financial Manager law has survived a legal challenge.</p><p></p><p>But the judge’s decision may have opened a new door to legal challenges.</p><p></p><p>Michigan’s old Emergency Financial Manager law (Public Act 72) was repealed when state lawmakers passed a new law in 2011 giving the managers even broader powers. &nbsp;However that new tougher law was rejected by voters last month.</p><p></p> Wed, 05 Dec 2012 23:30:27 +0000 Steve Carmody 10235 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's Emergency Financial Manager law survives legal challenge A Michigan school district may be completely replaced by charter schools http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-school-district-may-be-completely-replaced-charter-schools <p>The <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/muskegon/index.ssf/2012/05/muskegon_heights_to_become_k-1.html#incart_river_default">Muskegon Heights School District</a>&nbsp;could be completely turned over to charter schools this fall. &nbsp;&nbsp;That would be a first in the state of Michigan.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The district&rsquo;s emergency manager is submitting his plan to replace the entire school district with charter schools with the state Treasury and Education Departments today.&nbsp; He says that&rsquo;s the only way to get the district out of its financial crisis. Fri, 25 May 2012 15:09:47 +0000 Steve Carmody 7620 at http://michiganradio.org A Michigan school district may be completely replaced by charter schools