Michigan media cover Ford School discussion of controversial "Emergency Manager" law

March 21, 2012

Media throughout Michigan reported on the Ford School panel discussion regarding the state's new "Emergency Manager" law, technically known as Public Act 4 of 2011, the Local Government and School District Fiscal Accountability Act.

The panel examined the law's impact on citizens, public employees, local governments, and communities in Michigan. Panelists included key leaders from all sides of the issue: Roger Fraser, Deputy State Treasurer, who plays a key role in implementing the law; Brandon Jessup, Chairman and CEO of Michigan Forward, the group leading the charge to repeal P.A. 4; Joseph Harris, Emergency Manager for the City of Benton Harbor, MI; and the Honorable Dayne Walling, Mayor of the City of Flint, MI, which was recently placed under the power of an emergency manager.

The discussion was moderated by professor Brian A. Jacob, director of the Center for Local, State and Urban Policy (CLOSUP).

News stories:
• AnnArbor.com
• Detroit Free Press
• Detroit News
• WSJM-AM St. Joseph/WSJM-FM Benton Harbor (with audio)
• Video