Flint Is Not New For Emergency Management

1717 Words Apr 27th, 2016 7 Pages
Flint is not new to emergency management, as it was one of the initial cities to be under the system with an appointed emergency manager, and has had four emergency managers in a span of a few years, beginning in 2011 (Hakala, 2016). Much earlier than this, in 2002, Flint was first appointed an emergency manager who was to rescue Flint’s financial crisis at the time, and this emergency manager was in charge of the finances of the city of Flint until 2006, when it was said that the financial troubles were eliminated (Michigan Radio Newsroom, 2011). In 2011, Flint’s government began to make significant employment layoffs, pay cuts and cuts in benefits to government workers, as well as public jobs such as teachers, police officers, etc. in order to combat monetary turmoil within the once-again financially damaged city of Flint. These types of changes have been going on since 2011, with funds and government employees declining. In a 2016 article, Flint’s current mayor, Dayne Walling, is quoted as saying, “Flint 's government has not become more efficient, just smaller”, and “[Flint] is doing less with less” (Hakala, 2016). He is also quoted as saying that “[Michigan] need(s) a better relationship between state and local government” (Hakala, 2016). The struggles that manifest upon the appointing of an emergency manager are simply the opposite of what should ideally be happening once emergency financial aid to a city becomes needed. The need for budget as well as some pay cuts…
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