LANSING — The Michigan Democratic Party released the following statement on Governor Rick Snyder’s decision to sign a bill authorizing emergency managers even after Michigan voters rejected this legislation as a statewide referendum on Nov. 6:
“In choosing to sign the re-enactment of the emergency manager law — a law that was defeated at the ballot box not even two months ago — Governor Snyder has chosen to ignore the will of the people of Michigan,” said Michigan Democratic Party Chair Mark Brewer. “This new version was crafted behind closed doors without bipartisan input, it fails to respect the authority of local elected officials, and an appropriation was added to prevent voters from having their say on the new law.
“To add insult to injury, Snyder and Lansing Republicans are putting the emergency manager law back in place just as they are taking away hundreds of millions in revenues for local schools and communities to give yet another tax break to big corporations. They are hastening the local government crisis and offering as a solution, what? More centralized control from Lansing, which hasn’t worked so far and won’t work because it is anti-democratic and ignores the real source of the problem — a Michigan economy that Lansing Republicans have failed to fix.”