Chief among them, get this:
Towns are hurting financially.
The governor can declare a town to be in a financial crisis.
The governor can then appoint someone that town's "emergency manager."
The emergency manager has the authority to:
- cancel, amend all contracts in place (including union contracts, natch)
- a bunch of other crap
But here was the biggie (for me): The emergency manager has the authority to dismiss elected officials.
Dismiss. Elected. Officials.
So, a municipality struggling financially can be placed under the management BY WHOMEVER THE GOVERNOR APPOINTS, and THAT PERSON can then, y'know, dismiss the mayor.
Rachel Maddow does a much better job at outlining all this (here's the video) but I needed to get this out, apparently.
Dark days, my friends. Poor Michigan.