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6:22 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Lawsuit Says No Emergency Managers Until After The Election

A lawsuit claims no state-appointed managers should be running Michigan cities or school districts until after voters determine the fate of the emergency manager law in November.

The action was filed Thursday in Lansing by lawyers opposed to emergency managers.

The lawsuit says Governor Rick Snyder lost the authority to name managers to run struggling cities or school districts once the referendum on Public Act Four was put on the November ballot. That suspended the law enacted last year, but the governor claims authority to name emergency financial managers – with less-sweeping powers – under the law that preceded it.

That makes no sense, says attorney John Philo.

"Something strikes me as very wrong about that," he says. "The presumption should be that until the people decide, we go back to our standard form of government, which is elected officials.”

There are seven Michigan cities and school districts being run by state-appointed financial managers. The lawsuit says those managers should be ordered to step down and turn their operations over to mayors, city councils, and school boards.