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We Sink Or Swim Together

“I want our city to unite. We sink or swim together. This is about us.” – Betty Lewis of the NAACP on the state takeover of Atlantic City Atlantic City is under threat – but this historic American community has faced threats before.  This spring, facing a massive bankruptcy, Governor Chris Christie and State Senator Steve Sweeney pushed to move Atlantic City’s finances to state-level control through a state takeover. If passed, the proposed takeover, meant to protect the City from declaring bankruptcy, would have dismantled collective bargaining for city employees, nullified the power of elected officials (and hence the

Listening from Below and the State Takeover of Atlantic City

There’s a takeover going on in Atlantic City, and it’s national news.  Trenton is near to approving a bill that would give the state near total authority to run AC for the next five years. If the bill is approved, the state is expected to slash budgets, sell assets, and cancel labor contracts in order to balance the city’s budget. Atlantic City’s balance sheet is due to run out of money on April 8. For the past year, Kevin Lagin, the same emergency manager that took Detroit through its bankruptcy process, has been under contract to assess how to deal