DETROIT (WWJ) – Mayor Bing’s plans to solve Detroit’s financial crisis are drawing a cautious reaction from several members of the city council.
Speaking live on WWJ the morning after Bing’s speech, Council President Charles Pugh said the mayor’s plan doesn’t go far enough.
“We’re dealing with a cash flow issue, meaning that we need to control what we can control and that is, we can control the amount of people who work for the City of Detroit… and when you’re in a cash crisis, we need to start laying people off. So, I think that the mayor should have been very clear that we need at least 1,500 layoffs, maybe 2,000 while we wait on these union concessions,” said Pugh.
Pugh said the council would support layoffs across the board.
“From all departments, the mayor’s office, the city council and every department including police and fire. The fact is that we have taken wage and benefit concessions from every union except police and fire. But what people don’t know is that police and fire comprise half of our budget. So, if we’re going to get real cost savings, it’s going to have to come from public safety as well,” said Pugh.
Pugh said they wouldn’t have to lay off any officer or firefighters if they accepted wage and benefit concessions.
Listen to Pugh’s full interview below: