Snyder’s Detroit shuffle
Emergency Manager or Emergency Financial Manager?
Published: March 13, 2013
That, we expect, will probably be part of the argument made when the city appeals Snyder’s decision to appoint an emergency financial manager in Lansing on Tuesday (after this rag goes to press).
In regard to that appeal, which will almost certainly fail, the city has the option of taking its case to the judiciary, at the district court level. However, the initial authorization to pursue an appeal could have been made by either the mayor or the City Council.
Another fly in the ointment could be in how the law is written, where the ability to seek judicial redress would require both the executive and legislative branch to sign off on the decision — and Mayor Dave Bing has made it clear in recent days that the executive branch will not join City Council’s lawsuit, thus ceding control of the city to the state.
From what we can tell, there is likely to be a federal court challenge to the emergency manager law. Sources tell us that such a suit should be filed soon, maybe within days. It’s not likely, however, that an injunction will be sought in an attempt to prevent a state overseer from being installed.
Which means that, even though the voters of Michigan decided last year that the state’s emergency manager law had to go, come March 28, an emergency manager will probably be running the city of Detroit.
News Hits is written by Curt Guyette. Contact the column at 313-202-8004 or NewsHits@metrotimes.com.
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