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    Michigan Senate passes bills to give emergency managers more power

    The Michigan Senate has approved bills that would give broad new powers to emergency financial managers over objections of union members......Opponents of the legislation are concerned because emergency financial managers who are appointed by the state to run struggling cities and schools will have the power to terminate union contracts. Managers also could strip local elected officials of most powers.
    Full story here:Michigan Senate passes bills to give emergency managers more power | MLive.com

    Another story on it here:Emergency financial manager bill passes Mich. Senate | mich, michigan, bill - WWMT NEWSCHANNEL 3

    The MI state legislature link:Michigan Legislature - House Bill 4214 (2011)

    Here is the actual bill:http://www.legislature.mi.gov/docume...-HEBS-4214.htm

    Emergency Financial Manager positions seem to be a pretty powerful position and I can't imagine the voters in MI envisioned a single person being appointed to make decisions that could affect a lot of people and their money.

    Act as sole agent of the local government in collective
    bargaining with employees or representatives and approve any
    contract or agreement
    the emergency manager may remove 1 or more of the serving
    trustees of the local pension board or, if the state treasurer
    appoints the emergency manager as the sole trustee of the local
    pension board, replace all the serving trustees of the local
    pension board.
    Maybe this is nothing and I am just paranoid.
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    Wow...quite an interesting idea there. There are pro's and con's to this. Think I'll sit on the fence on this one for awhile. If it is ever abused it could end up being disasterous.
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    Re: Michigan Senate passes bills to give emergency managers more power

    in other news today, politicians in Michegan don't want to be held responsible for doing what they know needs to be done for the state...

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    Re: Michigan Senate passes bills to give emergency managers more power

    Anything that goes against the Union thugs is a good thing in my book.

    These Unions will find themselves without lag to stand on if they walk out because their members could be fired, and that is a great thing.

    They could then be replaced with nonunion workers who are now out of a job and would be grateful to have a new one.

    Smart move.

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    Re: Michigan Senate passes bills to give emergency managers more power

    Quote Originally Posted by Kal'Stang View Post
    Wow...quite an interesting idea there. There are pro's and con's to this. Think I'll sit on the fence on this one for awhile. If it is ever abused it could end up being disasterous.
    This, I agree with much more than what went down in Wisconsin. Its one thing to put temporary emergancy provision in place due to a crisis and its another thing to take away someone's fundamental rights.

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    Re: Michigan Senate passes bills to give emergency managers more power

    At least 1 new corporation/business has been created by the Wisconsin legislature.

    The Governor is the new chairman of the board.

    CHAPTER 238
    WISCONSIN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
    CORPORATION
    238.01 Definitions. In this chapter, except as otherwise
    provided:
    (1) “Board” means the board of directors of the corporation.
    (2) “Corporation” means the Wisconsin Economic
    Development Corporation.
    (3) “Economic development program” means a program
    or activity having the primary purpose of encouraging
    the establishment and growth of business in this state,
    including the creation and retention of jobs.
    238.02 Creation and organization of corporation.
    (1) There is created an authority, which is a public body
    corporate and politic, to be known as the “Wisconsin
    Economic Development Corporation.” The members of
    the board shall consist of the governor, who shall serve
    as chairperson of the board, and 6 members nominated by
    the governor, and with the advice and consent of the senate
    appointed, to serve at the pleasure of the governor; 3
    members appointed by the speaker of the assembly, consisting
    of one majority and one minority party representative
    to the assembly, appointed as are the members of
    standing committees in the assembly, and one person
    employed in the private sector, to serve at the speaker’s
    pleasure; and 3 members appointed by the senate majority
    leader, consisting of one majority and one minority
    party senator, appointed as are members of standing committees
    in the senate, and one person employed in the private
    sector, to serve at the majority leader’s pleasure. The
    secretary of administration and the secretary of revenue
    shall also serve on the board as nonvoting members.
    (2) A majority of the voting members of the board
    constitutes a quorum for the purpose of conducting its
    business and exercising its powers and for all other purposes,
    notwithstanding the existence of any vacancies.
    Action may be taken by the board upon a vote of a majority
    of the voting members present.(3) A chief executive officer shall be nominated by
    the governor, and with the advice and consent of the senate
    appointed, to serve at the pleasure of the governor.
    The board may delegate to the chief executive officer any
    powers and duties the board considers proper. The chief
    executive officer shall receive such compensation as may
    be determined by the board.

    238.04 Powers of board. The board shall have all
    the powers necessary or convenient to carry out the purposes
    and provisions of this chapter. In addition to all
    other powers granted the board under this chapter, the
    board may specifically:
    (1) Adopt, amend, and repeal any bylaws, policies,
    and procedures for the regulation of its affairs and the
    conduct of its business.

    (2) Have a seal and alter the seal at pleasure.
    (3) Maintain an office.
    (4) Sue and be sued.
    (5) Accept gifts, grants, loans, or other contributions
    from private or public sources.

    (6) Establish the corporation’s annual budget and
    monitor the fiscal management of the corporation.

    (7) Execute contracts and other instruments required
    for the operation of the corporation.
    (8) Employ any officers, agents, and employees that
    it may require and determine their qualifications, duties,
    and compensation.

    (9) Issue notes, bonds, and any other obligations.
    (10) Make loans and provide grants.
    (11) Incur debt.
    (12) Procure liability insurance.
    http://www.legis.state.wi.us/2011/data/acts/11Act7.pdf

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