Skubick: Emergency manager law could be election fuel

LANSING, MI (WLNS) – Michigan Democrats hope to win back control of the Michigan House next fall and they will use the Republican-sponsored Emergency Manager law to get there.

The issue was raised again with Democrats in Congress when they grilled Governor Snyder last week on the issue.

When Michigan voters had a chance to embrace the GOP Emergency Manager law at the polls, they said no.

Lead by then Senate GOP leader Randy Richardville and GOP House budget chair Al Pscholka the legislature wrote a new Emergency manager law and it was that law that installed an emergency manager in Flint.

When the governor showed up last week at a congressional hearing, it did not take long before Democrats started to gripe.

The argument was the governor’s EM was more interested in saving money by going to the Flint River water and lost sight of the health of the residents in the process.

New Jersey Democrat Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman started off the conversation. “Your administration and the emergency managers you appointed gambled with the health and welfare of citizens in order to save money.”

And when the congresswoman asked the governor if the EM law in this case had failed..”in this instance did the law fail, Governor?” “That would be a fair conclusion,” answered Snyder.

The House Democratic leader Tim Greimel has also complained about the EM law that voters rejected.

Will the top sponsor apologize for re-writing the law? “No, not at all,” insisted Greimel. “In fact, when you look at the EM law I can list 12 or 13 places where its worked very well.”

The Democrats on the new legislative panel looking into the Flint crisis want to hear from the former Flint emergency managers.

The question is: Will the GOP chair agree to call them in knowing full well, the Democrats intend to use this issue in the House elections this fall?

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