Reverend Jesse Jackson and two Michigan congressmen challenge emergency financial manager law
8:32 AM, Mar 22, 2013
1:33 PM, Mar 22, 2013
DETROIT (WXYZ) - Reverend Jesse Jackson and two Michigan congressmen who represent Detroit are calling on the federal government to investigate the state takeover of Detroit's finances.
Democrats John Conyers and Gary Peters sent a letter to the Government Accountability Office asking for an audit. The letter suggests emergency managers mismanaged other cities in Michigan and perhaps, federal funds.
Other Michigan cities that have had emergency financial managers include Pontiac, Flint, Ecorse, Allen Park and HIghland Park.
Conyers and Peters are not the only ones challenging the law. Reverend Jesse Jackson is expected to be at a press conference with City Councilwoman Joanne Watson Friday.
Watson has asked whether Michigan's Emergerncy Financial Manager Law is constitutional. She says it tramples voters rights.
Governor Rick Snyder has said the state takeover in Detroit is needed to help fix the city's money mess.
Emergency Financial Manager Kevyn Orr is set to begin his new job on Monday.