Michael Finney defends emergency manager law in response to Jesse Jackson's criticism
The debate over Michigan's new emergency manager law escalated this morning after the Rev. Jesse Jackson continued his campaign against the law, and Michigan Economic Development Corp. CEO Michael Finney responded by defending it at the same event.
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The new law gives additional powers to emergency managers appointed by the state to help distressed governmental entities avoid financial disaster. Under extreme circumstances, the managers can now dissolve governmental entities, ax union contracts and take powers away from elected officials if the municipality or school district is on a path toward insolvency.
Finney said the law would "empower someone" to make tough decisions.
"If we don't solve that our state is on the same path as Detroit," Finney said.
Jackson has been touring the state in a bid to generate opposition to the new law. In Benton Harbor Wednesday, he reportedly criticized a decision by that distressed city's emergency manager to suspend most rights of locally elected officials.
In Ann Arbor on Monday, Jackson criticized Michigan residents for generating "no resistance" to Gov. Rick Snyder's policies, which, he said, are "decimating democracy."
“We don’t like one-man rule, except in Benton Harbor,” Jackson said in Ann Arbor. “The government in Michigan is training one-man rule. We are setting up here what we are fighting there. Your vote for elected officials doesn’t count, and that is decimating democracy.“