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Why are many Michigan minority communities in bad financial shape?

Dec 8, 2014

The abandoned Packard Automobile Factory is emblematic of the financial stress of many minority Michigan communities.
Credit Albert Duce / Wikimedia Commons

When voters went to the ballot to kill the Emergency Manager Law, the state legislature responded in the lame duck session by passing a new emergency manager law that no voter initiative could remove. It was signed into law by Governor Snyder.

Opponents sued on several claims, but a federal judge recently ruled against those claims.... except for one.  

This claim alleged racial discrimination, citing the contrast between 52% of the state's African American population living under emergency managers compared to only 2% of white residents. 

Listen to University of Michigan Population Studies Professor Reynolds Farley weigh in on why so many minority communities find their local government and school districts in bad financial shape.