Proposal 1 in Michigan: Emergency Manager Law Referendum

Voters will decide whether to approve Public Act 4, the state's emergency manager law. The law allows the state to assess the financial condition of cities and school districts, and to appoint an emergency manager should a financial emergency be found.

The emergency manager takes the place of local government officials and can modify and terminate contracts as needed.

Here's how the referendum will appear on your ballot

You can find more information about the referendum below.

Election 2012
5:00 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Threat to democracy, or safeguard against bankruptcy? Voters decide Proposal 1

Lou Schimmel grew up in Pontiac. Now he's its emergency financial manager.
Sarah Hulett Michigan Radio

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.

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Election 2012
3:03 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

6 things to know about Proposal 1: Referendum on the emergency manager law

An emergency manager has been operating Benton Harbor for over two years.
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In November, Michigan voters will decide the fate of Public Act 4 of 2011 (PA 4)—the controversial emergency manager law.

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.

Under the law, emergency managers have the power to modify and terminate existing contracts, and in some cases, collective bargaining agreements.

Since August 8, when the Board of Canvassers placed Proposal 1 on the ballot, PA 4 has been suspended while awaiting the statewide referendum.

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Politics & Government
1:53 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

3 things to know about Emergency Managers, our discussion on Stateside

Yesterday, Cyndy Canty spoke with Flint Mayor Dayne Walling and other experts about Michigan's Emergency Manager Law.
michiganradio.org

Under PA 4, EMs can strip local leaders of their power and do away with union contracts.

The law is being targeted for repeal in a voter referendum.

Michigan voters will either keep it or kill it.

So, what do the people close to the EM law think of it?

Here are three takeaways from yesterday's discussion on Stateside with Cynthia Canty.

1) Today, Michigan's cities have giant infrastructures and tiny budgets

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Politics & Government
6:12 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Stateside: An in-depth look at Michigan's controversial Emergency Manager Law

Cities like Pontiac are dealing with the affects of Public Act 4--the Emergency Manager Law.
Dave Garvin Flickr

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. 

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.

Currently, seven Michigan cities and school districts are run by state-appointed managers.

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