Emergency manager for Detroit? U-M experts available to discuss

March 1, 2013

ANN ARBOR—Gov. Rick Snyder could decide as early as today (March 1) whether to appoint an emergency financial manager for Detroit, which has struggled with millions in debt.

University of Michigan experts are available to discuss the issue:

Margaret Dewar, professor of urban and regional planning, can discuss what changes in the city and region led to the budget problems and what the appointment of an emergency financial manager can and cannot solve. Contact Dewar at (734) 763-2528 or medewar@umich.edu.

Tom Ivacko is program manager at the Ford School of Public Policy’s Center for Local, State and Urban Policy, which conducted a poll about how local government officials in Michigan view the state’s emergency manager law. See news release and video about poll at: www.ns.umich.edu/new/multimedia/videos/20782-local-leaders-split-over-state-s-emergency-manager-law. Contact Ivacko at (734) 647-4163 or tmi@umich.edu.

John Pottow, professor of law, is an expert in bankruptcy and commercial law. Contact Pottow at (734) 647-3736 or pottow@umich.edu.

Michael Traugott, professor of communication studies and political science, is a nationally recognized expert in political communication and polls. Contact Traugott at (734) 763-4702 or mtrau@umich.edu.