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State Rejects Draft Of Wayne County Debt Plan

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DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – State officials have rejected a draft of a plan to cut more than $175 million of Wayne County’s debt.

The decision increases pressure on Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano to get unions and county officials to sign off on the strategy or face the prospect of a state-appointed emergency manager.

Michigan Treasury spokesman Terry Stanton said Tuesday that Wayne County has yet to get approval from the county commission, the county treasurer and unions — a requirement for state approval. The county has until the end of June to get support.

Officials from Ficano’s office have said the plan would eliminate financial and structural deficiencies.

Ficano spokeswoman June West said the plan presented to the commission in February is still being used as a framework.

“We’re doing all the things we need to do to address the county’s financial situation,” West told the Detroit Free press, adding that the original plan is still “intact.”

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