“Appointing an Emergency Financial Manager in Detroit can disenfranchise black voters and discourage faith in the political system. Our constitutional right to choose who leads Detroit has been now stripped away. Benton Harbor, Pontiac, Ecorse, Flint, and now with Detroit on the list, majority of our state’s black residents are living under emergency managers. The EFM Law in Michigan is another step in the direction of voter suppression and vote oppression. Please sign this petition calling our President Barack Obama to stop the EFM Law! https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/save-democracy-detroit-and-michigan-stop-emergency-managers-protect-voting-rights-and-help-spur-our/HJBwXFSp?utm_source=wh.gov&utm_medium=shorturl&utm_campaign=shorturl ” – Dorthea E. Thomas

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Governor Snyder Holds Roundtable On Detroit's Financial Crisis

Detroit is in a state of financial emergency, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) said Friday.

“There’s probably no city that’s more financially challenged in the entire United States,” said Snyder. “We need to start moving upward with the city of Detroit.”

Mayor Dave Bing has a 10-day period in which he can request a hearing, after which point, according to the Associated Press, Snyder can appoint an emergency financial manager for the city or revoke his decision.

Snyder said Friday he had several names in mind for the position. He describes his top choice as someone with a strong professional resume who is, he said, “a people person.” He did not name the individual.

His statement at Friday’s forum holds up a state review team’s findings of a severe financial emergency in the city, pointing to more than $14 billion in long-term liabilities, including underfunded pensions. The city is…

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