Results 1 to 100 of 258

Understand the Emergency Manager Law Before Changing It

Making sure that local governments meet their financial obligations

… discuss reforms to the emergency manager law. Any attempt to … appoint an emergency manager, enter into a neutral … When it appoints an emergency manner, it takes … more

What the Emergency Manager Referendum is About

… a referendum on the emergency manager law, believe that … whether to support the emergency manager law or whether to … more

Financial Emergency Over: Elected Government Returns to Pontiac

Ready to operate 'like a professionally managed city'

… March, after years of emergency management, the city of Pontiac … finances in order, and management was returned from a state-appointed emergency manager to the elected … more

What the Emergency Manager Referendum is About

… referendum on the emergency manager law believe … support the current emergency manager law , or whether … more

DPS Emergency Manager Could Make Big Changes

Steps in the right direction are possible without changing laws

… change. With a state emergency manager already overseeing … educating students. Emergency managers of both the Highland … more

Ideas For Fixing the Financial Manager Law

… rejected the state's emergency manager law, Public Act 4 … reinstates the older emergency financial manager law, Public Act 72 … more

State Lawmakers Invite a Local Emergency Manager by Disregarding Michigan’s History

… city’s takeover by an emergency manager. Allen Park’s previous … more

Commentary: Detroit's Fiscal Emergency Cannot Wait; Manager Needs to Fix Administration

… tenure as Detroit s emergency financial manager, assigned to fix the … November. Unfortunately, strong emergency manager legislation … more

Tough Choices Ahead For Allen Park Emergency Manager

General fund to run out of cash in one month

ALLEN PARK As Emergency Manager Joyce Parker draws … in a review team for emergency management. After weeks of … more

Emergency Manager Law Makes Pontiac Reforms Possible

… gives local government emergency managers powers not found … under the previous emergency financial manager law, known as Public … more

After Emergency Manager, Ecorse On Track and In the Hands of Local Officials

Mayor says free spending 'a thing of the past'

… Wayne County city under emergency management in 2009. Joyce … longer is in a financial emergency. Former Gov. … outgoing emergency manager, told Gov. Snyder … more

Emergency Managers Are Bad, Bankruptcy Far Worse

Ballot proposal would end some cities' best option at fiscal survival

… recently beefed-up "emergency manager" law gives broad powers … law. Before an emergency manager is appointed, … more

Yes, The Legislature Changed Its Emergency Manager Policies to Reflect the Referendum

And the new law gives local governments more control

… voters by passing a new emergency manager law after voters rejected a previous emergency manager law. But … previous emergency manager law. But the new legislation … more

Benefit Costs Sunk Benton Harbor's Finances

… Joseph Harris as the emergency manager in April of 2010. Benton … also: Are Michigan's Emergency Financial Managers Overpaid? Local … more

Acts of God

Don't like the EFM law? There's an alternative: Rein in government employee unions

… Detroit Public Schools Emergency Financial Manager Robert Bobb continue … from a strengthened emergency financial manager statute that among … more

Fiscal Problems Not Stopping Flint From Pursuing $2.4M Hydrogen Bus

City has 18 percent unemployment and an emergency manager

… bad it requires an emergency manager, the Flint Mass Transportation … Ed Benning, general manager of the Flint MTA said in … more

All Five Constitutional Amendments Soundly Defeated

Emergency manager law repealed

… O'Neil, Media Relations Manager 989-631-0900 or 989-513-3970 MIDLAND … a referendum on the emergency manager law, also lost, meaning … of Proposal 1, the emergency financial manager … more

City Has Been Paying $10,000 A Month To Light Vacant Garage

Pontiac emergency manager wants Phoenix Center demolished

… member of Pontiac's emergency manager team. "Ten thousand … year. Pontiac Emergency Manager Lou Schimmel … more

Detroit: Possibility of Real Privatization, Savings

Emergency manager's plan filed in bankruptcy court

… makes it clear that Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr is prepared … now. Additionally, the emergency manager's report … more

Contracting Helps Cash-Strapped City Add More Police Officers For Less Money — And Better Service

Emergency manager action 'best thing that has happened in the city of Pontiac in a long time'

… of the reason why an emergency financial manager was appointed in 2009. In August 2011, Emergency Manager Lou Schimmel … August 2011, Emergency Manager Lou Schimmel worked … more

Before Emergency Manager, Pontiac Had 87 Different Health Plans

One plan for all government unions will save taxpayers millions, eliminate bureaucratic mess

… faced when he became emergency manager for the city of Pontiac. … impossible without the state's emergency manager law. "Every union … more

Pontiac Turnaround Stories: City Vs. Schools

While the school district struggles, the city sees light at the end of the tunnel thanks to emergency manager reforms

… thanks to a strong emergency manager. In spite of … now being run by an emergency manager, and Benton Harbor. … more

Proposal 2 Would Declaw Emergency Managers in Proposal 1

… the powers given to emergency managers. Proposal 1, the emergency manager referendum, … more

City Spends $8 Million on Theater — Sells It Eight Years Later for $135,000

Despite expensive renovations, Pontiac emergency manager says, 'How the money was spent was hard to see'

… $135,000. Pontiac Emergency Manager Louis Schimmel … appointed as the city's emergency financial manager in September 2011, … more

Prop 1 Defeat a Loss for Struggling School Districts

Stronger Law Used to Help Clean Up DPS' Spending

… Michigan's stronger emergency manager law. It … Detroit Public Schools Emergency Financial Manager Roy Roberts' resignation. Just … more

Detroit Bankruptcy: Why the Emergency Manager Powers Were Insufficient

… purpose of Michigan's emergency manager law is to enact structural … debt. In June, Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr … more

Union Contracts, Bad Investment Force State to Suggest Emergency Manager for Allen Park

… team to recommend an emergency manager for the city of Allen … whether to appoint an emergency manager, but he will be acting … more

Emergency Managers: A Distasteful Necessity

… Act known as the emergency manager s amendment. The … expanded the power of emergency managers to include the ability … more

Only Two Counties Voted for Proposal 2

Many voters in counties near cities or schools under emergency oversight supported Prop 1

… Michigan's stronger emergency manager law, was closer, support … school districts under emergency manager oversight. Only … more

Highland Park Reform May Have to Begin With Finances

… appointed Joyce Parker as emergency manager for the Highland Park … is that though the emergency manager has intervened on … more

Inkster Schools Wrongly Blames Previous Emergency Financial Manager for Its Deficit

District overspent every year without emergency oversight

Seven years after then-Emergency Financial Manager Howard Morris left … Inkster s response: Management by an emergency financial manager, … more

Michigan Ballot Proposals

… Election Update! "Emergency Manager" law repealed Prop … more

Ecorse: Regaining Control

Taxpayers benefit from emergency manager actions

… Parker as Ecorse's emergency manager. Parker helped privatize … worked in unelected city management roles in six cities … which redefined the emergency manager law and … more

Commentary: Former State Treasurer Diverts Blame for Detroit's Problems

… implementing the state's emergency manager law. As such, Kleine … governing the emergency manager's powers have changed, … declared a financial emergency long before the … more

Commentary: Contracts Show, Manager Law 'Chemo' for Cancerous Fiscal Abuse

… expanded powers to emergency managers appointed to heal effectively … chemotherapy the new emergency manager law applies … more

How to Save Cities Millions

Fiscal corner

… major parties seemingly manage to extract more of … Pontiac under the three emergency managers who operated the … areas: Water, wastewater management, busing, garbage … more

Helping Districts Deal With Deficits

Emergency manager law, health care contributions having an effect

… said the state's new emergency manager law could have been … there, you've got an emergency manager possibility for a … more

Proposal 1 a Referendum on PA 4

… reinstating the older emergency financial manager law. The wording … choices. Public Act 4 is the emergency manager law. It permits the … more

Teacher Layoffs Not Caused By Lack of Cash

Emergency managers working to eliminate long-running deficits, improve school districts

… because they are run by emergency managers. Muskegon Heights … concern. But without an emergency manager, Van Beek said, the … more

School Takeovers: Much Criticism, No Solutions

… authorize independently managed charter schools to … students as well. Emergency mangers appointed … for-profit charter school management companies too, … more

Cities Take Snow Emergencies To New Restrictive Level

Lansing residents told "non-essential" driving was banned during snowstorm

… government can reasonably manage its property for safety. … alerting her that a "snow emergency" had been declared … Bernero declared a snow emergency, which prohibited … declared a "red" travel emergency Jan. 5 that made … more

Flint Union Contracts A Major Reason For City's Financial Problems

City workers plummeted, expenditures skyrocketed

… Flint ended up with an emergency manager in 2011 reveals a … the city s current emergency manager. At a time when … more

Are Michigan's Emergency Financial Managers Overpaid?

EFMs paid far less than other municipal workers

… salaries of Michigan s emergency financial managers are being questioned … State-appointed emergency managers make six … more

Union President's Email Tells Members to Get 'Everyone We Know to Vote For Democrats'

Legal Analyst: Political partisanship 'crossed the line'

… to "Food Services Managers." The email could … Cook s comments on the emergency manager's plan to turn Muskegon … to the food services managers included an attachment … more

Do We Let Unions Bankrupt Governments?

What the fight over Public Act 4 is all about

… approach. Public Act 4 gave emergency financial managers the authority to … protests ring false. Emergency financial managers have existed , … more

Emergency Managers Fill the Role of Modern-Day Cincinnatus

… Muskegon Heights. The emergency managers there Roy Roberts … district. The educational management company hired by … and autonomy these emergency managers are providing … more

A City At the End of Its Rope

Allen Park strikes out with subsidized film studio; can't get concessions from government unions and is forced to request an emergency manager

… publicly that it needs an emergency manager to be appointed under … bankruptcy. A state-appointed emergency manager would have the power … more

December 14, 2012, Weekly Roll Call

… Replace repealed "Emergency Manager" law: Passed 63 to … To replace the Emergency Manager law passed in 2011 … more

The Problem With Allen Park

City owes tens of millions from government planning attempts gone bad; requests an emergency manager

… governor appoint an emergency manager, an unelected official … the appointment of an emergency manager. He denied that is … more

Allen Park "Unity" Rally

… Allen Park is under emergency management for overspending. more

No School Funding System Adequate to Manage Large Student Declines

Benton Harbor student funding 27 percent above state average

… state for fiscal mismanagement and required to … state had given it two emergency loans of $2.0 million … more

Corruption, Mismanagement Closed Highland Park High; Not Insufficient 'Investment'

… state appointed an emergency manager to run the Highland … persistent fiscal mismanagement and corruption . … before a state-appointed emergency manager took over from … more

DIA Gins Up PR Battle Against Kevyn Orr

… story that Detroit Emergency Financial Manager Kevyn Orr actually … the DIA continues its management laxity by declaring … more

Detroit's Emergency Manager Must Enforce Rules City Officials Ignored

… the appointment of an emergency financial manager for Detroit demonstrates … within their means. The emergency financial manager law is the final step … more

Blame Engler, Granholm and Snyder for Detroit Public Schools Financial Woes?

Don’t leave out parents choosing better, safer schools for their children

… experiencing its fourth Emergency Manager. Except, DPS … Granholm appointed an emergency manager to once again take … more

The Real Story About Highland Park Schools

Not easy to turn around long-lasting damage from mismanagement

… corruption and fiscal mismanagement by school officials … being taken over by an emergency manager and then the charter … in 2011-12, when the emergency manager was ordered … more

Emergency Manager Repeal Ballot Proposal Likely Headed to State Supreme Court

… say on the state s emergency manager law may end up before … would put repeal of the emergency manager act on the ballot … more

Teacher Union Prez: Stronger Emergency Financial Managers Will Be “Just Like Being in the Slave Days”

… powers to appointed emergency managers, the president of … seeking comment. Emergency managers are appointed by … more

Teacher Union Prez: Stronger Emergency Financial Managers Will Be "Just Like Being in the Slave Days"

… powers to appointed emergency managers , the president … seeking comment. Emergency managers are appointed by … more

The Highland Park Transformation

'ER Visits Won't Increase' Claim By Medicaid Expansion Advocates Remains Dubious

… statewide capitated managed care program in 1997 … incomes, are turning to emergency rooms for health … care gatekeeper who manages their care and reinforces … in more reliance on emergency care, which is one … more March 18 Weekly Roll Call Report

… of school and local emergency financial managers, passed 26 to 12 … enhance the powers of Emergency Financial Managers appointed to manage … more Feb. 25 Weekly Roll Call Report

… of school and local emergency financial managers, passed 62 to 47 … enhance the powers of Emergency Financial Managers appointed to manage … more

Pontiac School District’s Financial Crisis Due to Poor Management, not Lack of Money

… gross financial mismanagement by officials at … declared a financial emergency for the Pontiac … an issue of local mismanagement and bad union bargaining … union to try to avoid emergency fiscal management. … more Feb. 11 Weekly Roll Call Report

… of school and local emergency financial managers) Introduced … the appointment of an emergency financial manager (EFM) for a fiscally … more

December 5, 2014, MichiganVotes Weekly Vote Report

Road funding, religious freedom, film subsidies more

… Bill 953 , Authorize emergency manager for school district … authorize appointment of an emergency manager for a public school … more

When Was Flint 'Run Like a Business'?

'Never waste a crisis' becomes rewriting history

… various forms of mismanagement. Among other things, … the appointment of an emergency manager. What business … more

Detroit Teachers Make More Than Twice Average Household

But still less than most Michigan teachers

… the salaries of the emergency manager and other top administrators for … more

Repeat After Us: Detroit Public Schools Is NOT Proof Michigan Needs a Better Funding Model

It is proof the state needs a new pension model

… over DPS as the first Emergency Financial Manager in 2009, the school … Detroit Public Schools emergency manager effective March 2, … more

How Saginaw Prep Turned Around Academically

Charter school shedding 'priority' label

… the Leona Group, a management company that employs … on improvement has emerged from within the school … more

Budget Gimmicks, Debt and Deficit Smokescreens Preceded Flint Lead Crisis

State reviewers: City officials lacked 'political will ... to confront reality'

… have challenged the emergency manager law that was used … law that authorizes emergency managers, and some have sued … more

Lessons from Muskegon Heights School Overhaul

Detroit can benefit from similar reforms

… million. Under new management, the district receives … accomplished while under emergency management. There are certainly … scratch. The record of emergency management in Muskegon … more

WSU Prof Responds to CapCon Article On His Study: Readers Deserve Better

Professor argues 'structural racism' responsible for Flint water crisis

… main claim is: Emergency Management can be a cruel … these root issues, Emergency Management displaced democratic … more

Before Flint’s Lead Crisis, City Council Raided Money from 'Water Fund'

State reviewers: Officials took cash water department needed to do its job

… the state appoint an emergency manager to take control of … governor, a mayor, or an emergency manager. The more complicated … more

Detroit Consent Agreement: Another Kick of the Can?

… rather than permit an emergency manager with stronger powers … successes achieved by emergency managers throughout Michigan … more

Detroit Bankruptcy: America’s Leading Indicator?

… Gov. Rick Snyder of an emergency manager. Naturally, the … choice but to appoint an emergency manager. The efficacy of this … more

Allen Park Churches, Unions Team Up To Promote Tax Increase

A video of the 'unity rally'

… being overseen by an emergency manager for overspending most … Ahead For Allen Park Emergency Manager Union … more

Grasping At Taxes to Pay for Pensions

Schools, municipalities get creative

… Park, currently in emergency management, passed a public … that the city is under emergency management in the first place. We … more

Agenda for Detroit: What Role Should State Play Post-Bankruptcy?

… help Detroit improve management. According to the … opened and successful emergence from bankruptcy … certifying a financial emergency, the city s managers were overspending … more

There Are Alternatives to PA4 ...

... But the unions will like them even less

… control . Of course, the emergency manager law has always had … the appointment of an emergency manager is a last resort, … more

Government Unions Protest to Bankrupt Local Governments

… declaring a fiscal emergency and give the state-appointed manager more ability to fix … fiscal crisis and an emergency financial manager needs to be placed. … more

Look at Municipal Finance Trends Before Pumping In More Money

… insolvency. They've managed this through such … governments have triggered emergency financial reviews, … programs, improving management, renegotiating … privatization. What's more, emergency managers across … more

$1.6 Billion in Savings Lost Under Prop 2

… include: Emergency manager law . An emergency manager can request … more

Which Ballot Proposals Are 'Grassroots'?

… 1: Referendum on the Emergency Manager Law … union opposition to emergency managers that are able to … more

Motor City Finance: Then and Now

… may involve the appointment of an emergency financial manager. Under current state … Detroit Public Schools Emergency Financial Manager Robert Bobb. Consider, … more

Detroit 'Openly and Notoriously' Went Bankrupt

Its reward? Maybe a state bailout

Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr … and notorious " mismanagement, spending and debt. … should have triggered an emergency financial review … more

July 13, 2012, Weekly Roll Call

… Establish that emergency managers do not have eminent … negligence for suits against emergency room physicians … establish that emergency managers appointed by the … malpractice lawsuits against emergency room physicians … more

Detroit Should Look to Pontiac

… lines. Kevyn Orr, Detroit's emergency manager, has taken sound steps … through spending cuts, management fixes and asset … governors appointed three emergency managers for the … more


Fall 2012 Edition

… A Referendum on the Emergency Manager Law Emergency Managers Are Bad, Bankruptcy … more

How Much Has the Detroit Police Force Really Been Cut?

No one knows

… hiccup. The city's Emergency Manager Review Team … problem." The emergency manager's report … more

Grazed and Confused

Detroit's response to goats exposes bigger problem

… down. And while the emergency manager and bankruptcy process … more

Detroit Bankruptcy

It should never have come to pass

… fixing the city's mismanagement issues, city officials … consent agreement, an emergency manager and a bankruptcy filing … more

House Budget Puts Roads Above Film Subsidies

Some Republicans protecting Big Hollywood corporate welfare

… Park , which now has an emergency manager, and the raid of … more

Voters Avert Disaster by Rejecting Proposal 2

… (e.g., charter schools, emergency financial managers, public pensions). Union … more

$1.6 Billion in Savings Lost Under Prop 2

… these include: Emergency manager law . An emergency manager can request … more

Detroit Could Sell Off Assets to Avoid Insolvency

… the appointment of an emergency manager. Without a doubt, … more

Reasons to Celebrate in Michigan

… incentive was thwarted, emergency financial managers have more effective … more

Stay Engaged

Simply enter your email below to receive our weekly email:


Jim Riley got his own fiscal house in order so he could retire. Now he wonders why his city government can’t do the same for their employees, and taxpayers who could end with huge bills from the unfunded retirement liabilities.

Related Sites