An opinion from Stephen Boyle
Detroit’s government continues to be under pressure by the State of Michigan. A Detroit Financial Review Team was assembled January 2013.
Recollect December 27, 2011 as reported by Fox Business:
Michigan’s governor on Tuesday appointed a team to review Detroit’s finances, a move that could end in a possible state takeover of the city as it struggles with a shrinking auto industry and falling revenues.
This leading paragraph might have some believe the auto industry is heavily influencing Detroit’s financial picture. However three decades of push toward globalization, free trade agreements, and segmentation of labor into multi-tier negotiations have moved the auto industry well outside Detroit. The city has become a hallmark of corporate destitution when you drive past hundreds of abandoned assembly facilities. Today corporations in the city are awarded tax abatement to encourage “job growth”. These abated dollars show up as unfunded services such as lighting, water, transportation, and more. The infrastructure supporting new business is not being funded due to abated taxes.
November 6th we watched the votes tally - We saw Michigan Democrats win the Senate. We saw the re-election of President Barack Obama and saw Proposal 1 come in with a NO vote. The next morning we found …
- The Emergency Manager Law had been repealed
- Detroit’s Proposal C to ensure Corporation Counsel retained independence and the ability to prosecute Mayor Bing
and what we didn’t get was a CELEBRATION in the streets. We were the ones and we thought certainly someone would start the celebration. We realize now that WE ARE THE ONES to start the celebration!!
Detroit Rally and March starts this weekend
WE ARE RALLYING IN THE STREET ON SATURDAY AT GRAND CIRCUS PARK AT NOON
WE ARE *MARCHING ON* CITY HALL MONDAY & TUESDAY MORNING AT 9AM
WE ARE *CALLING ON YOU* TO STAND UP FOR YOUR RIGHTS AND PARTICIPATE – sitting through a revolution was never the way of accomplishing what is needed.
- We are NOT WAITING 30 days to claim victory.
- We are NOT WAITING for Detroit to have more services farmed out to private business that would have no responsibility to care for the public other than by terms of a contract.
- We are NOT WAITING for the State of Michigan to push through new Emergency Manager Laws to “save us” from bankruptcy court.
- We are NOT WAITING to develop a citizens plan for how our government will address a … [read more] Continue reading
Today bus loads of activists from across Michigan will come to the State Capitol to speak with legislators about the future of Emergency Managers, and Emergency Financial Managers. We are asking them to push back and remove laws from the books that equate to targeted suppression of the public.
This nation was founded upon the belief that each person has a voice worthy of being heard. Our government was formed to enable the public to participate in it in various ways. While participation is voluntary, the resulting government is what establishes the laws to be enforced. We find that Emergency Manager Laws have restricted the public’s ability to participate in government.
- Petition government for change
- Approval by the representatives of the people when managing collected taxes
- Hold elected office as a representative of the public
- Being a servant of the public – this public being people before corporations
- Upholding ethical standards in government
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