Vote NO on Michigan Prop 1 and rid our state of Public Act 4 and anti-democratic emergency managers

This one is easy

Third in a series on the ballot proposals on Michigan’s November 6, 2012 ballot. Read them all HERE.

Regular readers of this website know very well that I abhor Public Act 4 — Michigan’s so-called Emergency Manager Law. It is the most outrageous government overreach in my lifetime, put in place by hypocritical Republicans who claim that they are for “smaller government”. The fact is, there is no larger government intrusion into the lives of Michiganders than PA 4. Period.

Rachel Maddow, whose staff has worked closely with me over the past 18 months on this issue, called PA 4 “the single most radical thing in American politics in this fairly radical year” in 2011. That’s not hyperbole.

The fact is, PA 4 has been a failure. The cities where it has been put in place are NOT better off than they were before Emergency Managers were put in place. The reason is obvious. The reasons cities in Michigan are facing financial emergencies is rarely because they were mismanaged. It’s because they are aging manufacturing cities with crumbling infrastructure and a tax base that can no longer support their citizens. They need to be built UP again.

Instead, we send in unelected dictators armed only with axes and chainsaws and other implements of destruction. There is no way to build with the tools they have.

It’s clear that Republicans fear municipal bankruptcies. But, as I have pointed out in the past, at least the bankruptcy process protects democracy and public assets. Repealing PA 4 is the first step in forcing our state government to begin dealing with the core problems that create financial emergencies in the first place.

We need a new wave of urban renewal in Michigan’s aging manufacturing cities. We begin by rejecting Public Act 4.

Here is the television ad being run to urge a NO vote on Proposal 1:

This Proposal requires a NO vote. NO to restoring Public Act 4. NO to Emergency Managers. NO to state government-appointed dictators. NO to abridging democracy in Michigan.

VOTE NO ON PROPOSAL 1.

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  • GreenDem

    Rumor has it that our Lansing lawmakers are already hard at work on a replacement EM bill should the voters repeal this one….

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  • EBHLB

    I’m an extreme liberal. But I’ve found Maddow’s talk about EMs in Benton Harbor to be shockingly misinformed. BH HAS been horribly managed for years now. I live right down the street, it’s something I have a direct view of. I’m not saying EMs are the best answer, I’d be lying if I claimed to know what the answer is. But much of the talk about what happened in Benton Harbor as been way off on Maddow’s part. There are also a lot of issues in BH that people don’t like to talk about, like that residents got upset and tried to fight against the gay influx that built up the Arts District into a thriving jewel in the middle of a town that really needed it, a sad amount of prejudice from a community that has experienced plenty of the same thrown their way in the past. Again, not saying that EMs are the solution, but I’ve found Maddow tilting how the entire city is viewed to be equally as disgusting.

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  • IvanRider

    If Madcow is against it, then I’m for it.

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