- I’m not from Michigan.
- As an independent conservative, I identify with the issues the Tea Party is fighting against and support most of the platform’s ideas.
- I don’t know if I can trust the article below, even if it’s local (I don’t know Michigan local rags enough to know their bias)
- Unions are talking a lot in this article.
Though Gov. Rick Snyder says he is not interested in hurting unions, yesterday’s Senate approval of a package that gives Emergency Managers complete power over financially troubled towns and school districts means he will soon be asked to sign off on measures that are expected to eliminate union jobs across the state.
In a party line vote, and despite impassioned speeches of protest by the body’s Democratic minority, the Michigan Senate approved legislation that threatens to take over and even dissolve local governments that refuse to balance their budgets by breaking labor contracts.
According to the law, which has already been approved in the House, the governor will be able to declare “financial emergency” in towns or school districts and appoint someone to fire local elected officials, break contracts, seize and sell assets, and eliminate services.
Under the law whole cities or school districts could be eliminated without any public participation or oversight, and amendments designed to provide minimal safeguards and public involvement were voted down.
If it’s indeed true that a Republican state governor is talking about signing away the right of the people to vote and choose how they will be governed state-wide as well as locally, even in an “emergency”, then let me be the first “Tea Partier” to stand against him in this decision.
I’m waiting to see what the real facts are, and for non-leftist media to have their say, before I make my decision about where I stand.
But to the extent that this is true, couldn’t we say that Republicans are just playing by the new rules of the game, unilateral power grabs, as instituted by the Pelosi Congress, the Harry Reid Senate and the Obama presidency?
Thank about that.