emergency manager law http://michiganradio.org en State lawmakers to talk cash-strapped schools, marijuana, traffic fines http://michiganradio.org/post/state-lawmakers-talk-cash-strapped-schools-marijuana-traffic-fines <p>The state Legislature returns briefly from its summer break Wednesday for its only scheduled session day in July.</p><p></p><p>No full floor votes are expected in either the House or the Senate. But a number of legislative panels will meet to discuss a wide variety of issues.</p><p></p><p>The state Senate Government Operations Committee is expected to approve two high-profile medical marijuana bills. House Bill 4271 would allow medical marijuana dispensaries to operate in Michigan. House Bill 5104 would allow patients to use edible and other non-smokable forms of marijuana.</p><p></p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 21:43:52 +0000 Jake Neher 18390 at http://michiganradio.org State lawmakers to talk cash-strapped schools, marijuana, traffic fines After rejecting consent agreement, Lincoln Park gets an emergency manager http://michiganradio.org/post/after-rejecting-consent-agreement-lincoln-park-gets-emergency-manager <p>Governor Snyder has named Brad Coulter as emergency manager for the city of Lincoln Park.</p><p>Coulter will take a leave of absence from his job as a consultant with O’Keefe &amp; Associates, a firm specializing in turnaround restructuring and corporate finance services, to try and balance the downriver Detroit suburb’s books.</p><p>Lincoln Park’s mayor and city council asked the Michigan Department of Treasury to review its finances last year.</p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 02:46:43 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 18266 at http://michiganradio.org After rejecting consent agreement, Lincoln Park gets an emergency manager Governor declares another financial emergency in Highland Park http://michiganradio.org/post/governor-declares-another-financial-emergency-highland-park <p>Gov. Rick Snyder has confirmed his decision that Highland Park faces a financial emergency.</p><p>The<a href="http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20140202/NEWS/302029976/a-city-ready-to-rise-with-state-control-looming-highland-park"> small city located within Detroit’s borders</a> is no stranger to financial troubles.</p><p>The Michigan Department of Treasury first reviewed Highland Park’s finances in 1996. From 2001 through 2009, it had an emergency financial manager.</p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 17:27:30 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 17401 at http://michiganradio.org Governor declares another financial emergency in Highland Park What can other communities learn from the financial emergency in Royal Oak Township? http://michiganradio.org/post/what-can-other-communities-learn-financial-emergency-royal-oak-township <p>The latest Michigan community to fall into financial collapse is the tiny half-square mile community of Royal Oak Township, in Oakland County.</p><p>Late last month, Gov. Rick Snyder confirmed a financial emergency existed in Royal Oak Township. That cleared the way for action under Michigan's overhauled emergency manager act, PA 436.</p><p>What's happened in Royal Oak Township illustrates the changes and options available under PA 436 after voters rejected the previous emergency manager law in November 2012. We wondered if other communities can learn cautionary lessons from the financial troubles of Royal Oak Township.</p><p>Eric Scorsone, municipal finance expert from Michigan State University, joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 21:12:03 +0000 Stateside Staff 17188 at http://michiganradio.org What can other communities learn from the financial emergency in Royal Oak Township? Flint leaders to consider proposed 7-point plan to fix city's problems http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-leaders-consider-proposed-7-point-plan-fix-citys-problems <p>The Flint city council is expected to consider a plan tonight that may lead the city out from under state oversight.</p><p></p><p>Flint has had a series of state appointed Emergency Managers, dating back to 2002 under Governor Engler.</p><p></p><p>Darnell Earley is the current man in the job. He's outlined a seven- point plan to prepare the city to transition back to local control for the first time since 2011.</p><p></p><p>Earley’s plan includes addressing Flint’s deficit, legacy costs and strategic planning.</p><p></p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 09:08:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 17122 at http://michiganradio.org Flint leaders to consider proposed 7-point plan to fix city's problems "Financial emergency" declared in yet another Michigan city http://michiganradio.org/post/financial-emergency-declared-yet-another-michigan-city <p>A state review team has officially concluded that a “financial emergency” exists in the city of Lincoln Park.</p><p>The small suburb in the downriver area just south of Detroit is running a slight deficit right now, despite having a $4.5 million general fund balance in 2010.</p><p>According to the review team’s findings, city officials estimate that deficit will grow by at least $1 million by the middle of this year—more if the city can’t get concessions from its police unions.</p><p>Governor Snyder has 10 days to confirm the review team’s findings.</p> Sat, 05 Apr 2014 20:00:32 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 17117 at http://michiganradio.org Gov. Snyder declares financial emergency in Royal Oak Township http://michiganradio.org/post/gov-snyder-declares-financial-emergency-royal-oak-township <div><p>Now that Gov. Rick&nbsp;Synder has confirmed that a “financial emergency” exists in the Detroit suburb, Royal Oak Township officials have seven days to decide how to move forward.</p><p>Under the state’s emergency manager law, known as the Local Financial Stability and Choice Act, there are four options the township can choose:</p><ul><li>a consent agreement,</li><li>an emergency manager,</li><li>neutral evaluation,</li><li>or Chapter 9 bankruptcy</li></ul><p><a href="http://content.govdelivery.com/attachments/MITREAS/2014/03/19/file_attachments/278816/ROT_GovConfirmation%2B3-19-14.pdf">From the governor’s office</a>:</p><blockquote><p>On January 30th, Governor Snyder determined that a financial emergency exists in Royal Oak Township after reviewing a report from an independent financial review team. Following a hearing township officials requested, as allowed under PA 436, State Treasurer Kevin Clinton recommended that the governor confirm his determination of a financial emergency.</p></blockquote><p>State officials say the township board has until 5 p.m. on Wed., March 26&nbsp; to make a choice on how to move forward.</p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 18:52:08 +0000 Mark Brush 16904 at http://michiganradio.org Gov. Snyder declares financial emergency in Royal Oak Township Detroit pensioners, unions can appeal bankruptcy http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-pensioners-unions-can-appeal-bankruptcy <p>The U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals will allow appeals to Detroit’s bankruptcy eligibility ruling, <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20140221/NEWS01/302210073/Detroit-bankruptcy-Sixth-Circuit-appeal">The Detroit Free Press reported</a>.</p><p>Detroit’s largest union – AFSCME Council 25 – and the city’s two pension funds – Detroit Police and Fire Retirement System and the General Retirement System – are among the creditors who filed an appeal to Judge Steven Rhodes’ December ruling that Detroit is eligible for bankruptcy.</p><p>According to the Freep’s Nathan Bomey and Matt Helms, Detroit’s bankruptcy case would continue as the appeal case works through the courts.</p><p>The central argument for the union and pension funds is that the city did not negotiate “<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-union-leaders-bankruptcy-was-strategy-all-along">in good faith</a>” prior to filing for bankruptcy, meaning the city and state "rushed" to bankruptcy court.</p><p>Rhodes, in his ruling to approve Detroit's bankruptcy, determined that good faith negotiations were not possible under the circumstances.</p><p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 17:17:59 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 16546 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit pensioners, unions can appeal bankruptcy Financial emergencies found in 2 more communities http://michiganradio.org/post/financial-emergencies-found-2-more-communities <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Review teams have found financial emergencies in two more Michigan communities.<br /><br />The state treasurer's office says Governor Rick Snyder has 10 days to make a decision on the financial conditions of Royal Oak Township in Oakland County and Highland Park, near Detroit.<br /><br />The reviews are part of a process that could lead to the appointment of emergency managers.<br /> Sat, 25 Jan 2014 14:28:00 +0000 The Associated Press 16172 at http://michiganradio.org Financial emergencies found in 2 more communities Detroit's bankruptcy case being watched by other financially troubled Michigan cities and schools http://michiganradio.org/post/detroits-bankruptcy-case-being-watched-other-financially-troubled-michigan-cities-and-schools <p><a href="http://www.michigan.gov/treasury/0,4679,7-121-1751_51556_64472-201116--,00.html">Cities across Michigan </a>are closely watching what happens to Detroit in bankruptcy court this week.</p><p>More than a dozen Michigan cities and school districts are currently under some form of state oversight.</p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 11:59:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 15506 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit's bankruptcy case being watched by other financially troubled Michigan cities and schools The city of Highland Park is under financial review again http://michiganradio.org/post/city-highland-park-under-financial-review-again <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">A state financial review board gave one school district a reprieve, but steered the city of Highland Park back toward a state takeover. &nbsp;Highland Park has been under some form of state receivership since 2002. The new review was required by the new emergency manager law.</span><br /><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Highland Park Mayor Deandre Windom&nbsp;said he still hopes to convince the state to accept his city’s deficit elimination plan.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">“We’re going to sit down and explore our options and make sure we’re all of one accord and make sure the citizens of Highland Park are aware of us moving forward,” he said following the meeting of the state Emergency Loan Board.</span><br /><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">The next step is for another team of financial experts to conduct a deeper review of the city’s finances before making its recommendation to Governor Rick Snyder.</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 14:36:34 +0000 Rick Pluta 14939 at http://michiganradio.org The city of Highland Park is under financial review again Orr's message to Detroit: "I'm going to accomplish this job" http://michiganradio.org/post/orrs-message-detroit-im-going-accomplish-job <p>Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr didn’t share much new information at his first public meeting Monday night—but he did set the stage for an upcoming meeting with the city’s creditors.</p><p>At his first public meeting—required by the emergency manager law that empowers him--Orr told <a href="http://www.detroitmi.gov/Portals/0/docs/EM/Reports/City%20of%20Detroit%20-%20Final%20Financial%20&amp;%20Operational%20Plan%20_45%20Day%20Pl.pdf">a story we already know</a>: Detroit hasn’t been paying contractors, making pension payments, and has only survived by borrowing billions.</p> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 04:08:07 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 12984 at http://michiganradio.org Governor confirms financial emergency in Hamtramck http://michiganradio.org/post/governor-confirms-financial-emergency-hamtramck <p>As expected, Governor Snyder has confirmed that Hamtramck faces a financial emergency.</p><p>Now, the question is what to do about it.</p><p>Hamtramck’s financial problems are nothing new. The city was in state receivership from 2000-2007. And in 2010, city officials asked to file for bankruptcy.</p><p>And they asked for this state review, too—which found the city is still running continuous deficits, and can’t make pension payments on time.</p> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 01:06:08 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 12862 at http://michiganradio.org What Snyder doesn't know, according to the Mayor of Hamtramck http://michiganradio.org/post/what-snyder-doesnt-know-according-mayor-hamtramck <P>The number of school districts and cities in Michigan that are in a state of financial emergency are rising.</P> <P>Now, as many of them are handing over control to a state-appointed manager, it's important to ask: how effective is state oversight?</P> <P>The City of Hamtramck is in a state of financial emergency six years after it emerged from state oversight.</P> <P>An independent review team reported that Hamtramck isn't able to make its monthly pension payments and that the city's general fund deficit is expected to reach $3.3 million by the end of June. A structural operating deficit has existed in the city's&nbsp;&nbsp;general fund throughout the city's last three fiscal years.&nbsp;</P> <P> Wed, 29 May 2013 20:45:41 +0000 Stateside Staff 12795 at http://michiganradio.org What Snyder doesn't know, according to the Mayor of Hamtramck 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 Lawsuit next week to challenge Michigan's emergency manager law http://michiganradio.org/post/lawsuit-next-week-challenge-michigans-emergency-manager-law <p>DETROIT (AP) - Leaders of the Detroit branch of the NAACP say they'll file a lawsuit next week challenging Michigan's emergency manager law.<br><br>The law has allowed Gov. Rick Snyder to put managers in Detroit and other struggling cities and school districts. Critics plan to talk Monday outside the federal courthouse in Detroit.<br><br>Other legal challenges have not been successful. An Ingham County judge in April threw out a lawsuit that claimed lawmakers violated the Open Meetings Act when it approved the bill in December.<br> Sat, 11 May 2013 15:55:00 +0000 The Associated Press 12528 at http://michiganradio.org Lawsuit next week to challenge Michigan's emergency manager law Governor Snyder appoints state review team for Hamtramck http://michiganradio.org/post/governor-snyder-appoints-state-review-team-hamtramck <p>Hamtramck could be the next Michigan city to get an emergency manager.</p><p>Governor Snyder <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20130417/NEWS06/304170130/State-orders-financial-review-Hamtramck">appointed a state review team </a>to examine the city’s finances Wednesday.</p><p>Hamtramck city officials actually asked for the state review. The tiny enclave within Detroit has struggled financially for many years.</p> Thu, 18 Apr 2013 00:49:27 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 12191 at http://michiganradio.org 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 This week in Michigan politics: public defense, challenge to right to work, rapid transit http://michiganradio.org/post/week-michigan-politics-public-defense-challenge-right-work-rapid-transit <p></p><p>This week in Michigan politics, Christina Shockley and Jack Lessenberry discuss the possibility of improving Michigan’s public defense system, and lawsuits <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/challenge-emergency-manager-law-dismissed-appeals-court">challenging the state’s emergency manager law</a> and right to work law for violating Michigan’s open meetings act. They also talk about the potential for a <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/southeast-michigans-regional-transit-authority-holds-first-meeting">rapid transit system </a>in southeast Michigan.</p><p> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 12:13:33 +0000 Jack Lessenberry & Christina Shockley 12091 at http://michiganradio.org This week in Michigan politics: public defense, challenge to right to work, rapid transit