Opponents of Michigan’s emergency manager law want the law repealed as anti-democratic.
Well, it does allow an appointed person to overrule any decisions made by elected bodies, which does seem anti-democratic on its face.
They gathered 200,000 signatures, 40,000 more than the law requires to get a referendum on the ballot.
Supporters of the emergency manager law argued that the petitions were in the wrong font size and should be tossed out!
In a split decision, the Michigan Supreme Court decided that the petitions were valid, and the referendum will take place in November.
In the meanwhile, it said, the power of the emergency managers is suspended.
This leaves a big question mark hanging over two districts where the emergency managers decided to close the public schools and hand them over to charter operators.