Gov. Walker planning ‘financial martial law’ in Wisconsin

By David Edwards
Tuesday, April 19, 2011 17:05 EDT
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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) is reportedly following the lead of Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) by preparing a plan that would allow him to possibly take over municipalities that don’t pass a financial stress test.

“[T]he Walker legislation would empower the governor to insert a financial manager of his choosing into local government with the ability to cancel union contracts, push aside duly elected local government officials and school board members and take control of Wisconsin cities and towns whenever he sees fit to do so,” according to Forbes.

The reports first received public attention Monday when Madison, Wisconsin attorney and activist Ed Garvey made the claim on Wisconsin Public Radio.

In March, thousands showed up to protest the Michigan plan that gave emergency financial managers the power to terminate labor contracts and even dissolves or consolidate cities.

Republican Michigan state Sen. Jack Brandenburg has described his state’s bill as “financial martial law,” according to The Malcolm Daily Tribune.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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