LANSING (WWJ) – The streetlights will stay off in Detroit because there’s no agreement on a plan to get them turned them back on.

Forty-four percent of the street lights in Detroit that are dysfunctional right now will remain the same as lawmakers last week failed to come to an agreement on repairing them.

Dick Posthumus, a senior advisor to Gov. Rick Snyder, explained the problem, saying Detroit’s demand to stay in control is at the heart of the issue.

“Whenever you’re dealing with the city of Detroit there are the important aspects of the people of Detroit wanting to make sure they maintain ownership of an important asset to them, at the same time, you have out-state people who are concerned that there isn’t another giveaway to the city,” says Posthumus.

Meanwhile, neither party could agree on how to fix the problem. Lawmakers in the Senate will try again on July 18.


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