LANSING (WWJ/AP) – A coalition seeking to overturn Michigan’s law granting expanded powers to emergency managers appointed to run financially struggling cities and schools is continuing its petition drive.
Stand Up for Democracy says it plans to gather more voter signatures at southeastern Michigan churches the next two Sundays.
The group needs to collect roughly 161,300 valid signatures to temporarily suspend the law and make the November ballot. Group leaders wouldn’t say this week exactly when they plan to turn in the signatures.
Supporters of the new law say it’s needed to help fix financially troubled schools and cities. Emergency managers are operating in Benton Harbor, Ecorse, Flint, Pontiac and the Detroit public schools system.
The city of Detroit is under a state financial review that could result in an emergency manager. Before the New Year, State Treasurer Andy Dillon said the review team will run parallel to continued discussions between unions, Detroit City Council and other city leaders.
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