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Effort to repeal Emergency Financial Managers Law moving forward

April 6, 2012

Thanks to Kate Wheeler for assisting with this article.

The statewide group Michigan Forward had announced that the effort to repeal Public Act 4, the law that has allowed the State government to impose a local financial manager, is on track to put the repeal on the ballot in November.

According to a recent Michigan Forward Press Release:

On February 29, 2012 we submitted 226,637 signatures to the Michigan Secretary of State (SOS) to uphold Democracy.  The Michigan SOS has informed us that of the 226,637 signatures submitted that only 752 signatures have been removed.  We continue to anticipate certification of the people’s initiative for referendum by the Board of Canvassers in late April. This unconstitutional law will be placed before voters in November.

Our work doesn’t end once the issue is placed on the ballot. Michigan Forward will be aggressive building a mandate vote to repeal Michigan’s Emergency Manager Law and building strong voter turnout and engagement in urban centers across the state.  Over these next several months we will make attempts to reach over 3 million voters statewide to send a strong and clear message about repealing Public Act 4.

Michigan Forward also announced that their CEO Brandon Jessup is temporary leave of absence, since he will be taking a position with Organizing for America as their African-American State Vote Director. This should raises serious questions for people on the autonomy of Michigan Forward and its relationship to the Democratic Party, particularly the Obama campaign. One could argue that the whole effort was an attempt to mobilize Michigan voters for Obama in the November election.

As we get new information on the campaign to repeal Public Act 4 we will continue to keep our readers informed.

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