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Michigan Governor Snyder Open to Counterproposal on Detroit

March 15, 2012

Governor Rick Snyder said he is willing to hear a counterproposal that would avert a state takeover of Detroit (9845MF), Michigan’s largest city.

Snyder, a Republican, on March 13 announced plans for a nine-member advisory board that would help devise ways to erase a municipal deficit approaching $270 million. Democratic Mayor Dave Bing and some City Council members rejected that move, saying it disenfranchised citizens. They will draw up their own plan, Bing’s office said in a statement today.

Snyder told reporters in Lansing today that any agreement should include an advisory board in charge of city finances.

“I’m open-minded to feedback on how it works,” he said. “It could be a very helpful role. It doesn’t have to be an adversarial role.”

Under Snyder’s original plan, the state would delay a declaration of financial emergency and the advisory board would assume control of Detroit’s finances, including the power to appoint the city’s chief operating and chief financial officers.

To contact the reporter on this story: Chris Christoff in Lansing at cchristoff@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Mark Tannenbaum at mtannen@bloomberg.net


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