Featured Proposal 1 http://michiganradio.org en Threat to democracy, or safeguard against bankruptcy? Voters decide Proposal 1 http://michiganradio.org/post/threat-democracy-or-safeguard-against-bankruptcy-voters-decide-proposal-1 <p>Next week, voters will decide whether Michigan’s controversial emergency manager law is the right way for the state to make sure local governments avoid financial collapse. Mon, 29 Oct 2012 09:00:00 +0000 Sarah Hulett 9652 at http://michiganradio.org Threat to democracy, or safeguard against bankruptcy? Voters decide Proposal 1 6 things to know about Proposal 1: Referendum on the emergency manager law http://michiganradio.org/post/6-things-know-about-proposal-1-referendum-emergency-manager-law <p>In November, Michigan voters will decide the fate of Public Act 4 of 2011 (PA 4)—the controversial emergency manager law.</p><p>PA 4 is the latest of three Michigan laws that define the state’s ability to appoint emergency managers to oversee financially distressed local governments.</p><p>Under the law, emergency managers have the power to modify and terminate existing contracts, and in some cases, collective bargaining agreements.</p><p>Since August 8, when the Board of Canvassers placed Proposal 1 on the ballot, PA 4 has been suspended while awaiting the statewide referendum.</p> Thu, 25 Oct 2012 19:03:25 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 9605 at http://michiganradio.org 6 things to know about Proposal 1: Referendum on the emergency manager law 3 things to know about Emergency Managers, our discussion on Stateside http://michiganradio.org/post/3-things-know-about-emergency-managers-our-discussion-stateside <p>Under PA 4, EMs can strip local leaders of their power and do away with union contracts.</p><p>The law is being targeted for repeal in a voter referendum.</p><p>Michigan voters will either keep it or kill it.</p><p>So, what do the people close to the EM law think of it?</p><p>Here are three takeaways from yesterday's discussion on <em><a href="http://michiganradio.org/topic/stateside-cynthia-canty-0">Stateside with Cynthia Canty</a>.</em></p><p><strong>1) Today, Michigan's cities have giant infrastructures and tiny budgets</strong></p> Fri, 28 Sep 2012 17:53:19 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 9287 at http://michiganradio.org 3 things to know about Emergency Managers, our discussion on Stateside Stateside: An in-depth look at Michigan's controversial Emergency Manager Law http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-depth-look-michigans-controversial-emergency-manager-law <p>Voters in November will decide the fate of Michigan’s state-imposed remedy for most struggling cities—Public Act 4, also known as the Emergency Manager Law.&nbsp;</p><p>Voting “yes” on the referendum keeps PA4. Voting “no” will repeal it. If that happens, the state says it will revert back to the older PA 72, the Emergency FINANCIAL Manager law. The state is currently operating under that law because Public Act Four is suspended until after voters go the polls.</p><p>Currently, seven Michigan cities and school districts are run by state-appointed managers.</p> Thu, 27 Sep 2012 22:12:22 +0000 Stateside Staff 9278 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: An in-depth look at Michigan's controversial Emergency Manager Law