The state of Michigan is urging a judge to dismiss a lawsuit that challenges the governor's power to send emergency managers into distressed communities.
Assistant Attorney General Michael Murphy says the law doesn't discriminate against poor, black cities and schools as critics claim. He says the only color that's important is green - the color of money.
Dozens of people packed a courtroom Wednesday as Detroit federal Judge George Caram Steeh heard arguments. He promises a decision soon.
Attorneys for opponents say that the emergency manager law puts one person in charge of local government, diluting the voting rights of residents. Julie Hurwitz calls it a "blatant assault" on democracy.
An earlier agreement in the lawsuit exempts Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr from any adverse decision.