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Michigan Appeals Court upholds law empowering emergency financial managers

Detroit Public Schools

The Michigan Court of Appeals has upheld the law that empowers the state's emergency financial managers.

Union activist Robert Davis filed suit challenging Detroit Public School's emergency manager Roy Roberts.

Davis alleged that since voters overturned Michigan’s emergency manager law, Public Act 4, Roberts—appointed under that law in 2011—needed to go.

But the Court of Appeals found that a prior law—Public Act 72—that gives Roberts and other emergency financial managers more limited powers still stands. Davis said he will appeal the decision to the Michigan Supreme Court.

It’s unclear whether Roberts will stay on, though. He had said before the election he would likely resign if the emergency manager law was voted down.

Roberts spokesman Steve Wasko said Roberts will try to make his more limited role work, but it’s “premature” to say whether he’ll resign.

Sarah Cwiek joined Michigan Public in October 2009. As our Detroit reporter, she is helping us expand our coverage of the economy, politics, and culture in and around the city of Detroit.
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