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Michigan Forward Submits FOIA Request to Treasurer Andy Dillon For Emergency Manager and Community Data

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DETROIT – On Monday, November 14, Michigan Forward submitted a FOIA request to Treasurer Andy Dillon seeking data for local municipalities in receivership.  


The request was made for public records and/or access to track language of Public Act 4 of 2011.  The request seeks the following:

1. All records indicating the annual budget of each municipality or school district under receivership, for each year the municipality or school district has been in receivership.

2. All records indicating the annual revenue of each municipality or school district under receivership, for each year the municipality of school district has been in receivership.  

3. All records indicating the deficit reduction plan for each municipality or school district under receivership.

4. All records indicating the interest and principal for the emergency state loan granted to each municipality or school district under receivership.

5. A list of public meetings, the date and location of the each meeting held by Emergency Managers held since March 26, 2011 in for each municipality or school district under receivership. 

6. All records indicating legal expenses accrued through the office of the emergency manager in each municipality or school district for each year the municipality or school district has been in receivership.
“We have requested these particular documents because we want to research the effectiveness of Public Act 4,” says Brandon Jessup, Chairman and CEO, Michigan Forward.   
“We don’t believe the Treasurer’s office and local Emergency Managers are being transparent and moving fast enough to help these communities and school districts out of their financial distress. There’s a myth that Michigan’s Emergency Manager Law is the only option for communities in distress. This policy doesn’t work for Michigan, on top of repealing the act we are researching solutions for the communities we represent,” he stated.

In May, Michigan Forward launched a campaign to repeal Public Act 4, “The Local Government and School District Fiscal Accountability Act.”  Since the campaign began, additional cities and school districts such as Flint, Inkster and Highland Park Schools have been targeted for emergency management.  

The cities of Benton Harbor, Ecorse, Pontiac and the Detroit Public School District presently have Emergency Managers.  

Recently, Flint city officials and the State Treasury office announced the city will receive an Emergency Manager. Flint will be the only city in Michigan’s history to have been placed under receivership twice.  

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