Ann Arbor, Emergency Manager Law, Emergency Managers — February 6, 2012 at 9:10 am

Forum on Public Act 4 to be held TONIGHT in Ann Arbor


Emergency Manager law under the microscope

Tonight, a community forum will be held in Ann Arbor on the subject of Public Act 4, the Emergency Manager law.

On Monday, February 6, from 6 to 8pm in the Eldersveld Room in the Department of Political Science (Haven Hall 5th Floor), the Undergraduate Political Science Association will host: “A Debate on the Emergency Financial Manager Law: Democracy, Expertise, and the Public Good in Financially Troubled Cities”. We often hear in public discourse that government ought to be run more like a business, with streamlined decision-making by expert managers being preferred over the more cumbersome ways of making decisions that are associated with democratic institutions. The EMF [sic] Law can be viewed as cutting to the heart of this tension between expertise and democracy.

To debate this question, we have invited:
Representative Jeff Irwin
Representative Mark Oiumet
Howard Ryan, Director of Legislative Affairs, MI Department of Treasury
Conan Smith, Washtenaw County Commissioner
Dayne Walling, Mayor of Flint

If you are in the southeast Michigan area, please attend this important forum and have your voice heard.