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Michigan Emergency Powers Bill Passes

March 16, 2011

Let’s not get too distracted as there are serious developments going on here in our own country.

Politico reports: Michigan legislators have approved a bill authorizing state-appointed emergency financial managers to break union contracts that struggling cities and school districts have with their workers.

Following up on the state Senate’s passage of the bill last week, the House passed the bill 62-48 on Tuesday, sending the legislation to Republican Gov. Rick Snyder for final approval. Snyder, who asked for the expanded powers for emergency financial managers, is expected to sign the bill into law.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0311/51396.html#ixzz1Gnl2E2xO

NY Times reports: The State House gave final approval on Tuesday to granting state-appointed emergency managers broad powers to break labor deals with failing schools and cities. Gov. Rick Snyder, a Republican, who is expected to sign the measure, asked for the plan to extend the powers of emergency managers appointed to save failing programs. Detroit Public Schools, the state’s largest district, has been under emergency management for two years. Democrats called the bill an attack on public sector unions.

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