LANSING (WWJ) – Detroit Mayor Dave Bing did not get a firm commitment of support on the budget from some Lansing lawmakers.

That’s according to WWJ Lansing Bureau Chief Tim Skubick who said, in order to balance the budget in Detroit, Bing needs the state legislature to approve the extensions of the local income tax and the utility tax.

Mayor Bing appeared before the House Republican Caucus looking for support, and he didn’t get it.

“We didn’t make any commitments. But what we said is that we’ll develop that working relationship,” said House Speaker Jase Bolger.

“I appreciate him coming forward. I know our caucus members appreciated hearing his vision and the steps that he’s taken.  And we understand that the legislature is going to have to be a partner with Detroit to make sure that they turn around,” he said.

Skubick said that although it appears the House is not willing to listen to what Bing wants, they’re not yet willing to put up the votes to make it happen.


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