Thanks to the hard work of Michigan activists, repealing PA4 (the Emergency Dictator law) is on the November 2012 ballot, as Proposal 1. To vote to repeal PA4, vote NO on Proposal 1. MichiganRising.org has a useful pocket guide to the November 2012 ballot initiatives.
PA4 has created elite bureaucrats with absolute power by expanding the role and power of Michigan’s emergency financial managers. This legislation supersedes the previous emergency financial manager policy and court decisions that provide accountability and support democracy. Many municipalities and school districts in Michigan’s urban areas are threatened by the extremes this policy takes in the sign of financial distress.” [From Michigan Forward]
Eclectablog features an overview of the impacts of PA4 (PDF).
Take a look at the following videos from the kickoff for the Repeal PA4 campaign on June 18, 2011, featuring State Senator Rebekah Warren, State Representative David Rutledge, Ann Arbor MEA President Brit Satchwell, Ypsilanti Mayor Paul Schreiber, Ann Arbor Councilwoman Sabra Briere, and Ann Arbor Parents for Schools’ Steve Norton:
Repeal PA4 Campaign Kickoff – Part 1
Repeal PA4 Campaign Kickoff – Part 2
Repeal PA4 Campaign Kickoff – Part 3
Repeal PA4 Campaign Kickoff – Part 4
Repeal PA4 Campaign Kickoff – Part 5
Repeal PA4 Campaign Kickoff – Part 6