Bing Reacts

Supreme Court: Emergency Manager Referendum OK

By Peter Neumann

Supreme Court: Emergency Manager Referendum OK

August 3, 2012

LANSING, Mi. (MY TV20 News at 10) --- The state's highest court has ruled that the referendum on the state's controversial Emergency Manager law is okay to be on the November ballot.

The state Supreme Court in Lansing voted 4 to 3 in favor of the referendum and ended an argument between factions over whether the petitions for the proposal repeal initiative of the law was properly prepared.

At issue was the size of the print used on the petitions.

The vote ends months of legal bickering and partisanship over the petition and means that you'll have a chance to vote on the issue of the Emergency Manager law November 6th.

This afternoon, Detroit Mayor Dave Bing issued this statement :
"We respect the Michigan Supreme Court’s opinion, protecting the constitutional right of citizens to use the petition process. However, the Financial Stability Agreement (FSA) remains in effect and is still a critical tool to help fiscally stabilize the city.

"The City is bound by the FSA to continue to restructure city government (as required by Annex B) and to continue to execute the imposition of new labor terms (as allowed by Annex D). The imposition of the City Employment Terms remains valid. "The Financial Advisory Board will also remain in tact as will its oversight function to make sure the City is moving forward in restructuring.

"The court’s decision is not expected to affect the bond issue we need to maintain the city’s cash flow, and the city must complete the bond issue to fund city operations. "The bottom line is the City’s fiscal challenges remain, and Public Act 4 was one tool to help us. Without P.A.4, we will continue to execute our fiscal restructuring plan."

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