Do any of the communities in your state have EFM's? Do you think they are a good thing or a bad thing?
The Emergency Financial Manager of the city of Benton Harbor has issued an order stripping all city boards and commissions of all their authority to take any action.
The order, signed Thursday, limits the actions available to such bodies to calling a meeting to order, approving the minutes of meetings and adjourning a meeting. The bodies are prohibited under the act from taking any other action without the express authority of the Emergency Financial Manager, Joseph Harris.
Actions such as Harris’ are explicitly allowed under a newly approved law which granted sweeping new powers to emergency financial managers. That legislation had drawn large protests, including attempts by some protesters to take over the state capitol building. The sit-in resulted in numerous arrests.
Harris’ move comes as Detroit Public Schools’ emergency financial manager Robert Bobb announced that he would use powers granted to him under the act to change union contracts.Answer Question
Yikes. I have to say, in the hands of some it might not be bad, but to give anyone this kind of power is sort of mindless. How do you know that they know what they are doing and if they are doing it for the right reasons?
Answer by QuinnMae at 10:03 AM on Jun. 8, 2011
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 10:50 AM on Jun. 8, 2011
Answer by yourspecialkid at 10:50 AM on Jun. 8, 2011
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 10:51 AM on Jun. 8, 2011
IMO, that is probably too much power for one individual to have.
From what I am reading, so far, of the last 20 + years of EFM's in Michigan, it does appear to be too much power for one individual....
Answer by grlygrlz2 at 10:52 AM on Jun. 8, 2011
Answer by itsmesteph11 at 12:37 PM on Jun. 8, 2011
Sorry, I should have clarified that my question in that first answer was rhetorical.
I will go with the sentence before that and restate that giving that much power to anyone is mindless.
Answer by QuinnMae at 2:10 PM on Jun. 8, 2011
Answer by tasches at 5:11 PM on Jun. 8, 2011