Governor Speaks At Town Hall On Detroit Finances
DETROIT (WWJ) – Governor Rick Snyder is taking part in a town hall meeting Wednesday to discuss Detroit’s financial situation.
The event, which is part of the Global Conversation Speaker series, is scheduled for 11 a.m. at Wayne County Community College in downtown Detroit.
Rev. David Bullock with Rainbow PUSH Michigan said protesters will greet the governor as part of their “12 Days of Action” campaign.
“At 11 o’clock, we’ve got a little red carpet, we’ve got a welcome wagon for Governor Rick Snyder. We’re going to be there to say hello and let the governor know that we are not in support of anything that downgrades democracy, anything that lynches liberty,” Bullock told WWJ’s Vickie Thomas.
WWJ Lansing Bureau Chief Tim Skubick said if you ask the governor, he’ll tell you that a lot of Detroiters actually want the state’s help.
“There’s some internal polling data that the governor’s office has looked at and they believe that there are more people in Detroit that are supporting the approach that the governor is taking to solve the city’s problems than there are people against it… The data suggests that close to 50 percent are basically suggesting the governor is on the right path,” said Skubick.
State and city leaders say they’re close to an agreement that would prevent the appointment of an emergency manager to take over the reins of city government.
A state-appointed review team last week declared a “severe financial emergency” in Detroit. – View a copy of the review team’s report – (.pdf format)
Governor Rick Snyder said on Monday that the state and Detroit could have a consent agreement to restructure the city’s long-term finances in place sometime this week. Detroit is likely to run out of money in coming months and could end up in bankruptcy if no state action occurs.
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