Treasurer Andy Dillon: Fiscal Hypocrite

DillonAndy_341615_7[1]Michigan Treasurer Andy Dillon can’t keep his own books in order. Not in just one case, but on all three of his campaign committees.

Starting with the fund Andy Dillon for State Representative, where there is a discrepancy of $8,914.53 — an amount the Treasurer is simply baffled by, claiming it must be some sort of computer glitch. Next comes the fund for his failed gubernatorial bid, Andy Dillon for Michigan, — off by nearly $105,000 in unaccounted for expenditures. Bringing up the rear is his Dillon Leadership Fund which was late in filing reports with the state and recently assessed $775 in fines. Ooops!

This is not the first time we’ve seen a member of Gov. Snyder’s team unable to keep their own fiscal house in order. Last March, it was discovered that Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr had tax liens on his home in Maryland. At the time, Snyder shrugged it off insisting that Orr was the best man for the job and that it was just an “oversight”, much like Snyder’s own tax liens were of no consequence to him. 

It is worth noting that Dillon is not only the State Treasurer, but he is the mastermind of the enhanced Emergency Manager law.  His plan punishes schools and municipalities for fiscal distress not of their own making. Their financial crises are most commonly the result of economic conditions beyond local control — problems exacerbated by poor state-level fiscal policies designed to starve them of revenue sharing and create gross inequities which set-up poorer communities for certain failure. Governor Snyder kneels behind them, and Dillon gives them the push.

These two tried and failed today with the School District of the City of Hazel Park. The preliminary review of the Emergency Loan Board reported to the governor that the district does not meet the criteria for a fiscal emergency. Hazel Park has been on the short list for a number of years. The Oakland County district has a per pupil foundation grant at the low-end, slightly above the $7,000 rock-bottom mark. Some neighboring districts receive top-tier funding of around $12,000 — surprise…they’re not on the list. Also in Oakland County, Pontiac Schools are already in the emergency management pipeline, with Oak Park Schools, and to a lesser degree, Avondale, teetering on the brink. 

Amy Kerr Hardin

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