Emergency financial managers appointed by the state to run struggling cities and schools would have broad new powers under legislation approved by the Michigan House.
The main bill in the package was approved Tuesday by a 62-48 vote in the Republican-led chamber. The Senate has passed the bill, which now goes to Governor Rick Snyder for signature.
Supporters say the legislation would lead to earlier intervention in troubled cities and schools with the hopes of avoiding the appointment of an emergency manager.
Managers who are appointed would have the power to terminate union contracts held by school teachers and local government employees. Local elected officials would lose some of their powers.
Unions say the measure is an assault on collective bargaining rights.
The main bill is House Bill 4214.