Hi folks - I know its not federal laws/policies, but is there anything we - and NEMA - can do to advocate for changes in state laws (I understand there are up to 20 states with such laws) defining an "emergency manager" as follows (varies state to state):
Emergency manager laws are designed to address issues that arise when municipalities experience fiscal distress. What constitutes fiscal distress will vary across jurisdictions, but a general definition is "a significant and persistent imbalance between revenues and expenditures." The principal sources of municipal fiscal distress are "economic decline, tax base erosion, demographic changes, federal and state mandates, federal revenue cuts, state tax levy limits, recessions, and mismanagement." Emergency manager laws allow state government intervention in local government operations to address and eliminate the conditions leading to fiscal distress. At least in some states, when an emergency manager is appointed, local officials are stripped of their powers; executive and legislative functions and duties are vested in the emergency manager.
This info above is from Emergency Manager Law Primer - Protecting the Public's Health During Financial Emergencies: Lessons Learned from the Flint Water Crisis (2018) - and when you review/research all of the material from the Flint Water crisis, there's a ton of failures by the "emergency managers", assigned by the state.
This is not us.
And in fact, in certainly a number of people's eyes - between the ones who do not know what we do as a profession - and the one's who get confused with other functions performing their work (fiscal crisis management) under our name, we get a bad rap without deserving it.
I would like to see the IAEM-USA formally advocate for a chance in those state laws from the term "emergency manager" to "emergency fiscal manager" or something else.
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