Local EFM Critics Give Other Options For Detroit

By: Anthony Sabella Email
By: Anthony Sabella Email

They're words nobody wanted to hear out of the Governor Rick Snyder's mouth.

"I think it's appropriate to declare the city of Detroit in financial emergency," he said.

Next up is the appointment of an emergency financial manager, but that response has plenty of critics, including State Representative Sam Singh. News 10 asked Singh what his alternative would be.

"If we really want to make a change, we have to be doing that in partnership," said Singh (D-East Lansing).

Singh also says, he's not sure a state-appointed manager will be able to help Detroit any more than it's own mayor and city council and that the answer lies with the city and state working together. That includes giving the consent agreement between the two, which was started last year, more time.

"The Treasury Department and the different people that have been working from the state haven't found any additional solutions to some of these problems and that's where I'd really start first," said Singh.

Representative Andy Schor (D-Lansing) agrees.

"They wrote up a consent agreement. I s the state doing something wrong? Is the city doing something wrong? What's not working here?," he said. "They need to work together as a partnership."

Schor says, that means the return of millions of dollars the state owes Detroit through revenue sharing, but that would only make up some of the deficit. Schor isn't sure where that money would come from.

"There are a lot of options that probably could be on the table," he said.

Some say the city's elected officials have had enough chances to find a solution. State Democratic Party Chairman, Lon Johnson, disagrees.

"Government requires participation on all sides and the answer lies in democracy, not in a hostile takeover," said Johnson.

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  • by Anonymous on Mar 5, 2013 at 08:31 AM
    Basically all the other options are blame the state, have the state give them money, and probably carry on as usual. Which is line their pockets while the city dies.
  • by anonymous Location: howell on Mar 5, 2013 at 07:10 AM
    if you think the city of Detroit is unsafae now just wait until an EM takes over and voids contracts. Do you really think the police will respond to shots fired etc for 10 an hour I think not. Safety issues will lead to more lost revenue with loss of business. Its a sad situation that no one had the guts to take care of this corruption before!!!
  • by Non_Anon Location: Michigan 7th on Mar 4, 2013 at 08:46 AM
    Looks like Gov. Snyder has already decided to put one of 'friends' in Detroit as an EM. Will he be like the other EMs appointed by Snyder who have used their dictatorial position for their own personal gain?
  • by Anonymous on Mar 3, 2013 at 09:08 PM
    Excuse, i know how to keep the horses in the barn said the city slicker to the farm after the horse was hit by the city slicker car.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 2, 2013 at 06:47 AM
    It is the nuclear bomb that is used in negotiations. To bad Detroit was too dumb to get their house in order before it happen. Another liberal project that failed. This is what will happen if we continue to follow the democrats policies.
  • by Carol Location: Lansing on Mar 2, 2013 at 06:43 AM
    I am a strong proponent of the city of Detroit - the people who every day care for their children and for each other. May their interests prevail.
  • by Doug Location: Lansing on Mar 2, 2013 at 06:29 AM
    If the City Council and the people of Detroit have all these ideas to get out of this mess why wait until an EFM is ordered before action is taken??? At some point the corruption,lack of local leadership, and poor fiscal management needs to be addressed.
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