A year and a half ago, I wrote a rather lengthy piece titled “Majority white communities avoid Emergency Financial managers with help from Republicans Denby and Rogers”. In it, I told the rather convoluted story of how now-State Representatives Cindy Denby and Bill Rogers had, during their time as local government officials, gotten their municipalities and county into severe debt when the housing market crashed. Bad decisions by them resulted in Handy Township where Denby was the Supervisor and Livingston County where Rogers was a Commissioner facing severe financial crises over special assessment districts that were created, paid for, and which then fell apart as developers abandoned the projects.…
Republicans Denby and Rogers still trying to keep their white communities away from an Emergency Manager
BREAKING: Federal court allows legal challenge to constitutionality of Michigan’s Emergency Manager law to proceed
Another win for the good guys…
The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan today granted a motion to reopen the lawsuit filed by the Sugar Law Center and others against Michigan officials challenging the constitutionality of Public Act 436, Michigan’s undemocratic Emergency Manager Law. From their press release:
Gov. Snyder breaks his own record. Now TWENTY schools & cities are in financial crisis in his “Turnaround state”.
Time to update my chart…
Back in December, I took a look at how many cities and schools were in financial crisis under Governor Rick Snyder compared with his predecessors. The results were pretty shocking:
Under John Engler, there were 3 cities (Flint, Hamtramck, and Highland Park).
Under Jennifer Granholm there were 5 cities (Benton Harbor, Ecorse, Highland Park, Pontiac, and Three Oaks Village) and one school district (Detroit Public Schools).
Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr has said for some time that he expects the Detroit Institute of Arts to come up with a half billion dollars of what can only be called ransom to help settle Detroit’s bankruptcy crisis. The expectation had the result of pitting the pensions of retired Detroit workers against priceless pieces of art held in trust by Detroit for the residents of the state. It’s an unfair equation, of course, but that is exactly how it has played out.
Christie’s auction house did an evaluation of the portion of the DIA collection that had been purchased with city funds and found it to be worth between $454 million to $867 million.…
Judge Steven Rhodes: Legal challenge to Michigan’s Emergency Manager law can continue but Detroit EM Kevyn Orr is safe
Let’s find out if it is, indeed, a legal law
Federal bankruptcy judge Steven Rhodes determined today that a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Michigan’s anti-democratic Emergency Manager law – Public Act 436 – can move forward. The case is being handled in another federal court.
In his ruling (pdf) denying a request to stay the case, Judge Rhodes said:
With the announcement that Detroit is officially in bankruptcy and at the suggestion of my good friend Emily Hauser, we thought it would appropriate to rerun a photographic journey to Detroit taken by Eclectablogger and photographer extraordinaire Anne C. Savage the day Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr filed the bankruptcy paperwork – July 18th, 2013. It’s an antidote, if you will, to the Detroit ruin porn your likely to see all this week.
While these are dark days for the Motor City, it’s worth remembering Detroit’s city motto: “Speramus Meliora; Resurget Cineribus” or “We Hope For Better Things; It Shall Rise From the Ashes”.…
More Michigan cities and schools in financial crises under Rick Snyder than all other governors combined
Governor Snyder: it’s not working
Three new municipalities are now under consideration for an Emergency Manager: Lincoln Park, Royal Oak Township, and Highland Park. If Highland Park goes, it will be its second time around and it will be the third city to come out of financial crisis under an Emergency Manager only to go back under an Emergency Manager once again (along with Flint and Hamtramck.)
When you look at the situation under Governor Snyder compared with his predecessors, the data is striking. Including all cities and schools that have either had a consent agreement, an emergency manager, or that are being considered for an emergency manager, Governor Snyder is far and away the leader.…
City councilmember works overtime to make Flint a laughing stock, arrested while changing tire on car with 4 flats
You’re not helping. Not at all.
Flint is a city that is slowly working to crawl its way out of the crater left behind when automakers left and the manufacturing sector imploded. Bit by bit, one step at a time, city leaders are bringing the city back with a strong vision for the future.
Then stuff like this happens:
“A half billion dollars or the art gets it” – The looting of Detroit and why bankruptcy may be the best course
A rock on one side and a hard place on the other
Last year, the Detroit Institute of Arts had over a half million visitors. The museum is a huge tourist draw and an anchor for the area of Detroit that surrounds it. The cost to the city of Detroit for this priceless collection of art is exactly zero dollars. It is run by a non-profit and receives funding, in part, from a tri-county millage designed to ensure that it will forever be there as a cultural hub for southeast Michigan.
For Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr, it’s a plum too juicy not to pick.…
Photo credit: Anne C. Savage, special to Eclectablog
I’ve written before about the amazing Hamtown Farms urban farm/garden in Hamtramck. The farm, which occupies vacant lots in Michigan’s most densely populated city, was a bright spot in a town that is struggling and under the control of an Emergency Manager. Although she had the power to save the farm in its entirely, Emergency Manager Cathy Square instead used her power to put the lots occupied by the farm up for auction.
Next to the farm is Kowalski Sausage and they also had interest in the lots, offering to pay the city $600 a piece for them before the auction was chosen as what Cathy Square described to me as “the only fair thing to do” despite the fact that Hamtown Farm volunteers had plowed tens of thousands of dollars of their own money and time creating this amazing space.…
"best state-based progressive political blog" for Michigan
LOLGOP on Twitter
- FUN FACT: Michele Bachmann lost her "Tea Party" status when she left office to cash out but decided to finish her whole term. about 15 minutes ago from TweetDeck ReplyRetweetFavorite
- FUN FACT: The three highest profile speakers at #CPAC2014 today all quit their last elected position in some form of disgrace. about 21 minutes ago from TweetDeck ReplyRetweetFavorite
- RT @jesseltaylor: Late tweeting this out, but read this @AdamSerwer piece on Debo Adegbile. http://t.co/HEliFzM5ej about 43 minutes ago from TweetDeck ReplyRetweetFavorite
- Republicans were so busy cheering for Putin they forgot to pray for a terrible jobs report :( about 49 minutes ago from TweetDeck ReplyRetweetFavorite
- Not everyone #CPAC2014 has resigned in shame or helped Bush/Cheney ruin the world but they all agree on one thing: Destroying Medicare. about 51 minutes ago from TweetDeck ReplyRetweetFavorite