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Detroit's Financial Review Team ordered before judge; Gov. Snyder reactivates Highland Park E.M. Jack Martin

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It appears Ingham County Circuit Court Judge William Collette isn't up to State Treasurer Andy Dillon (D) playing semantics with Michigan's Open Meeting Act #267 of 1976.

On February 15th, Judge Collette ruled that "financial review team" meetings held by Michigan's Public Act #4, which faces a probable Constitutional Referendum vote on November 6th, must be held before open to the public.

Thursday, Judge Collette ordered Dillion and the 9 other "team" members, to appear before him or risk being held in contempt of court, the Free Press reports.

Tuesday, February 27th, Detroit's financial review team met for the first time in public but shortly thereafter, voted to convene a "subcommittee" of five of the nine members meeting in private.

Detroit's Review Team is examining the cities' finances determining if an Emergency Manager, consent agreement or a combination of both opinions would address Michigan's largest city budgetary crisis.

In January Robert Davis, a member of Highland Park District School Board and Detroit AFSCME Council 25 member filed a suit based on violations of Michigan's Open Meetings Act.

In another highly-questionable move Friday, March 2nd, Gov. Snyder "re-activated" Highland Park Emergency Manager Jack Martin to work in unison neighboring struggling school district Detroit Public Schools, run by state-appointed Emergency Manager Roy Roberts.

Since Collette's Feb. 15 ruling, other state-appointed review teams in Highland Park, Inkster and Muskegon Heights have held or planned public meetings.

Davis stated on Wednesday to ROJS News, he considered the Detroit's team's decision to create a subcommittee an attempt to disregard Judge Collette's ruling. At this time, the Free Press reports Davis is undecided if he will file another lawsuit based on Martin's "re-activation" to manage Highland Park Public Schools.

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