Detroit reps want GAO probe of emergency managers

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Two congressmen who represent Detroit are asking the Government Accountability Office to investigate emergency managers in Michigan.

Democratic Reps. John Conyers and Gary Peters made their request in a letter sent to the agency Thursday, one week after bankruptcy expert Kevyn Orr was appointed Detroit's emergency financial manager.

Conyers and Peters asked the office to "conduct a study of the Michigan emergency manager law, including the operation of federally funded programs."

In a statement, Conyers says it's "difficult to identify a single instance where an emergency manager has succeeded in turning around the financial fortunes of a city or jurisdiction."

Emergency managers have wide-ranging authority to mend a city's budget.

Benton Harbor, Pontiac, Flint, Ecorse and Allen Park are other cities currently under state oversight.


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