Opinions Mixed As State Takeover Looms In Detroit

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(WWJ Photo/Florence Walton)

(WWJ Photo/Florence Walton)

DETROIT (WWJ) – Is the governor caving to pressure from the suburbs?  Detroit City President Charles Pugh said that’s a fact, as Rick Snyder on Friday declared a financial emergency in Detroit, setting the stage for a state takeover.

Pugh said, however, while there is pressure from outside the city, he’s certain there are people within Detroit who would welcome a state-appointed emergency financial manager.

“Because they’re tired of it lingering. They want to get it over with,” Pugh told WWJ Newsradio 950’s Pat Sweeting.

But what those people don’t realize, Pugh said, is that an EFM won’t just be in and out. “It doesn’t work like that. And if it doesn;t work like that in smaller cities, why in the hell would they think it would work in a city as complicated as Detroit?”

Pugh pointed out that emergency financial managers were appointed to oversee the Detroit Public Schools, and, years later, the second EFM there is still on the job.

Also among those who oppose the EFM move is U.S. Congressman Gary Peters, who said he’s “deeply disappointed” in the governor’s decision.

“All of us agree that the city has serious financial challenges which must be addressed, however I fundamentally disagree with taking measures that disenfranchise the families I represent in Detroit,” Peters said, in a statement.

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