Here and Now Looks at Michigan’s New Law

While the country’s attention was focused on the budget battle in Wisconsin earlier this month, Michigan’s Republican governor Rick Snyder signed a law that gave sweeping new power to emergency managers.  These unelected managers would have the authority to nullify existing union contracts, impose their own working conditions, privatize city services and dissolve elected city and school governing bodies in financially-troubled communities.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder

Critics call the measure “financial martial law” that is a backdoor tactic to bust unions. On Thursday, the public radio program Here and Now spoke with Changing Gears’ senior editor Micki Maynard about the new law.


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