LANSING, Mich., Feb. 2, 2023 — State Rep. Brenda Carter (D-Pontiac) introduced House Bill 4065 yesterday. This bill would repeal the Local Financial Stability and Choice Act — Michigan’s emergency manager law. In support of her bill, Carter made the following statement:
“As a former member of the Pontiac School Board, I know firsthand the damage to communities that emergency managers cause. These unelected individuals come into low-income communities and completely supersede the elected body. As with the school district of the city of Pontiac, the consent agreement consultant, another form of emergency management, came into Pontiac and sold off assets worth millions for pennies on the dollar; all of this in the name of saving money.
“Creating emergency managers was a terrible idea that opened the door to the discrimination and decimation of low-income, primarily Black communities. It’s time we right this wrong by repealing this law and returning the power to the people.”