Mich. emergency manager law subject to referendum

Michigan voters will decide the fate of the state’s controversial emergency manager law in just five days.

According to the Detroit Free Press, the law is in danger of being repealed.

A poll conducted by Epic-MRA of Lansing found that 43 percent of Michigan voters are prepared to vote down the measure in a referendum on next Tuesday’s ballot.

Only 35 percent of Michigan residents said they wanted to keep it. Another 18 percent say they are undecided.

Among those who have already submitted their absentee ballots, 57 percent voted against keeping the law, while 35 percent voted in favor of it.

The law allows the state to appoint emergency managers to run communities and school systems within Michigan that have poor financial situations. Benton Harbor is one of the cities that would fall under this category.

Opponents of the law say emergency managers take power and authority away from democratically elected officials.

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