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Michigan Enacts Emergency Manager Law Despite Voter Repeal

HeadlineDec 28, 2012

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has signed into law a measure allowing Michigan areas to declare bankruptcy or fall under the control of an unelected emergency manager enabled to fire public officials and nullify union contracts. Dubbed by critics Michigan’s “local dictators” law, state Republicans approved it this month after voters repealed a similar initiative on Election Day. Despite reimposing a measure that was rejected by popular vote, Gov. Snyder said, “This legislation demonstrates that we clearly heard, recognized and respected the will of the voters.” It was among a number of controversial bills recently advanced by state Republicans in Michigan before their majority declines with the new legislative session next month.

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