Earlier today, MLive posted an article with the headline, “Gov. Snyder’s emergency manager law can change public-spending culture, Grand Rapids-area leaders say.”
The headline doesn’t make it clear how the states Emergency Financial Manager EFM) law will change public-spending culture, whether that is a benefit to communities or a detriment.
However, it is clear from the MLive article that it would be a benefit, at least that is the perspective provided. The reporter only provides to direct sources in the article, someone with the Grand Valley Metro Council (Michael DeVries) and the Mayor of Grand Rapids, George Heartwell.
Both Heartwell and DeVries endorse the Emergency Financial Manager law, because they believe it makes municipalities fiscally responsible. Heartwell is quoted as saying:
Where cities are not succeeding because they’ve been poorly managed or they’ve made commitments in previous generations of political leadership that they can’t hope to meet today…
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