Okay. So I’ve been doing a lousy job lately of keeping up with Rick Snyder’s dictatorship/regime in Michigan, primarily because I live in Michigan, and I can barely stand to read the stuff myself because it distresses me so much. It also absolutely infuriates me when I watch the local news and they try to paint it as normal goings on (ABC affiliate, WXYZ.com), so I have stopped watching local news. Blech. That said, I’ll try to do a better job of it as of now, and if I slack off, feel free to give me a friendly nudge.
Last week Sugar Law Center filed a lawsuit on behalf of Michigan citizens seeking an injunction against Michigan’s Emergency Manager Law. At that time, Thom Hartmann talked to John Philo, the lead attorney in the lawsuit, and the resulting interview is well worth watching if you’d like to become more informed re the state of democracy in Michigan.
John Philo, Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social Justice, joins Thom Hartmann. Michigan Governor Rick Snyder’s “Financial Managers” will face their first legal test – as the Sugar Law Center for Economic and Social Justice filed suit today arguing his “Financial Managers” law violates the state constitution. Earlier this year – Republican Governor Snyder passed a bill that allows him to take over any city in Michigan that’s struggling financially – fire all the local elected officials – and put in place a crony of his own personal choosing – what’s called a Financial Manager – to handle the city’s finances. That Financial Manager has the power to do pretty much anything – from voiding union contracts – to cutting local government services – to even selling off huge chunks of the city like public parks and power plants to his buddies in private corporations at a fire-sale price. But as the Sugar Law Center says in a press release about the law: “It is a power grab by Lansing politicians ideologically committed to rewarding the private sector at the expense of the common god an attack on the very core of democracy.” And now Sugar Law Center is fighting back.
A Few Related Posts:
~ Gov. Rick Snyder & Michigan GOP Engaging in Disaster Capitalism
~ Republican Governor Rick Snyder Signs Draconian Bill in to Law
~ Republican Gov. Rick Snyder Begins Rape of Michigan to Benefit Wealthy
~ The Corporatization of Michigan
~ Corporations Behind Michigan’s Unconstitutional EFM Law