'Financial Martial Law' Passes in Michigan
Bill passes House, goes to governor
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Mar 16, 2011 1:40 PM CDT
Protestors rally against Gov. Rick Snyder'sbudget, March 15, 2011, outside the Michigan Capitol in Lansing, Mich.   (AP Photo/Al Goldis)

(Newser) – Michigan’s House yesterday passed a controversial bill that will install state-appointed emergency financial managers in troubled cities, giving each the power to do whatever is necessary to balance budgets—including breaking union contracts. One Senate Republican recently promised that the managers would only be sent to communities in need of “financial martial law.” The bill now goes to Gov. Rick Snyder, who is expected to sign, Politico reports.

More than a thousand gathered in protest outside the state capitol yesterday, though most were seniors opposed to Snyder’s proposal to subject pensions to income tax. Another protest, run by unions and opposed to the financial managers, is scheduled for today, and hundreds have already arrived in anticipation, the Detroit Free Press reports. At the rally, Democrats will unveil a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would guarantee unions their collective bargaining rights. Snyder and Republicans say they don’t oppose collective bargaining.

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May 24, 2012 7:36 PM CDT
Martial law in America. Who would have thought it. Something tells me they won't be able to do this because a suit will be filed to prevent it.
Mar 17, 2011 4:47 AM CDT
Remeber the Michigan Militia? If not I bet you will!
Mar 16, 2011 11:48 PM CDT
Keep thinking this is a Republican/Democrat issue.. thatll keep ya busy while they finish the hell that is becoming America. I made my stand about 2 years ago. I dont care if its (R) or (D) I voted with money. As in.. I quit my 50k job, my wife quit her 40k job and we walked away from the rat race and now strive (pretty well) to make less than 20k/year. The only way to kill the beast is to starve it to death. Look at your 1040 and decide if you really want to support that hideous beast. If you decide to keep feeding it.. well.. this is the kinda crap you get.