Michigan Power-Grab: State Senate Passes Bill to Kick Out City Officials They Don't Like; Protesters Fill State Capitol

Toto, I have a feeling it's not just Wisconsin anymore.

In Michigan today, the state Senate passed a bill that would allow the state to seize control of municipal governments, and end the collective bargaining rights of city workers.

From the Oakland County Daily Tribune:

A day after facing hundreds of rowdy, pro-union protesters that filled the state Capitol, the Senate voted on Wednesday to grant broad new powers to emergency managers who oversee financially struggling cities and schools, including the authority to void union contracts and remove elected officials.

The controversial bills are expected to head to Gov. Rick Snyder’s desk for signature shortly, after the House and Senate, both controlled by Republicans, work out some language differences.

Since winning election in 2010, Gov. Snyder, a Republican, has been feeling the heat of David Koch's Americans For Prosperity, whose state director didn't care for some of the appointments he made after taking the governor's mansion. Here's from a news article by Tim Skubick of the MIRS Capitol Capsule, which we found on the Web site of the Michigan chapter of Americans For Prosperity:

One of the leaders of Michigan’s Tea Party movement said he understands why the new governor is bringing in so many “inside” players into the new administration, but Scott Hagerstrom of Americans for Prosperity warns those appointees should not bring their “old ideas” to the table.

Looks like Snyder found a new idea.

AlterNet / By Adele M. Stan

Posted at March 10, 2011, 10:37am