Committee Vote On Detroit Bailout Expected

May 20, 2014

A state House committee is expected to take up legislation tomorrow Wednesday to provide $195 million as the state’s part in the Detroit bankruptcy settlement.

As we hear from The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Rick Pluta, state lawmakers could cast their first votes on the historic package tomorrow.        

Some Detroit lawmakers say they’re still unconvinced this is a good deal for the city. Some other lawmakers say they’re unconvinced it’s a good deal for the rest of Michigan’s taxpayers. But the deal’s backers say it’s necessary to allow the city and the state to move past Detroit’s bankruptcy.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan showed up to ask the committee to OK the package – with a few changes. Specifically, he’d like a clear path to get the city out from under state oversight if it’s properly managing its finances.

“I think, in my mind, that’s fair,” he says.  “All we want is a clear opportunity to run our city efficiently, earn our way out of control period.”

Duggan says he wouldn’t object to triggers that would resume state oversight if deficits re-appear.