A judge still must hold a trial to determine if Detroit’s overall bankruptcy plan is fair and feasible, but support from retirees is vital.
More than 30,000 retirees and current and former workers were eligible to vote on pension changes.
“I think it’s appropriate for me, when this does come to an end, to exit quietly…”
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A judge overseeing Detroit’s bankruptcy is getting an earful from retirees who are opposed to the city’s plan to get back on its feet.
“This judge wants everybody in Detroit that has an objection to the city’s plan to get out of bankruptcy come to court and prove the case,” WWJ’s Charlie Langton said.
Ficano went so far as to say city officials should decline the raise. “The answer should be not just ‘no,’ the answer should be ‘hell, no,” Ficano said.
Michigan’s Senate has approved spending $195 million to help shore up Detroit’s pension funds, a key legislative step in a deal designed to end the largest public bankruptcy in U.S. history.
Detroit’s emergency manager told a crowd at the Mackinac Policy Conference Friday he’s worried city workers and retirees considering a plan to prevent steep pension cuts will make a “protest vote.”
Michigan lawmakers are considering legislation to provide state aid to help settle Detroit’s bankruptcy.