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Thu Nov 29, 2012, 11:29 AM

State Senator Proposes Dissolving City Of Detroit, Governor "wouldn’t count anything out..."

LANSING (CBS Detroit) - It would no doubt be controversial, but the idea of dissolving the fiscally struggling city of Detroit and absorbing it into Wayne County is being tossed around in Lansing.

WWJ Lansing Bureau Chief Tim Skubick reports some state Republicans are talking about giving the city the option to vote itself into bankruptcy. And mid-Michigan Senator Rick Jones said all options should be considered — including dissolving the city.

“If we have to, that is one idea we have to look at. We really have to look at everything that is on the table,” Jones said. “Again, if this goes to federal bankruptcy, every employee down there will suffer, the city will suffer and the vultures will come in and take the jewels of Detroit and they will be gone.”

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In a live interview on WWJ Newsradio 950 Wednesday morning, Gov. Rick Snyder said he wouldn’t count anything out.

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http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2012/11/28/state-senator-proposes-dissolving-city-of-detroit/

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Purveyor Nov 2012 OP
FarCenter Nov 2012 #1
Angry Dragon Nov 2012 #2
FarCenter Nov 2012 #3
Angry Dragon Nov 2012 #4
FarCenter Nov 2012 #5
Angry Dragon Nov 2012 #7
FarCenter Nov 2012 #8
ParkieDem Nov 2012 #6

Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 11:37 AM

1. Why would Wayne County want this?

This just spreads the problems around, instead of containing and fixing them.

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Response to FarCenter (Reply #1)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 11:52 AM

2. You really think republicans want to fix anything

The republicans of today do not want to govern, they just want to pillage

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Response to Angry Dragon (Reply #2)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 12:12 PM

3. Possibly, but I don't see how this leads to an opportunity for pillage either.

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Response to FarCenter (Reply #3)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 12:19 PM

4. If Detroit goes through bankruptcy you will see things sold off

before it is given to the county

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Response to Angry Dragon (Reply #4)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 01:07 PM

5. What is there to sell?

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Response to FarCenter (Reply #5)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 04:23 PM

7. transit system, could be utilities, police force

school system, all kinds of things

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Response to Angry Dragon (Reply #7)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 05:18 PM

8. The people mover loses money. Detroit Edison doesn't want the city lighting utility.

Buyers will buy things that make money, not things that lose money.

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Response to Purveyor (Original post)

Thu Nov 29, 2012, 01:08 PM

6. What other precedents are there for this?

I know Miami & Dade County consolidated their governance/jurisdiction several years ago, but it wasn't in the bankruptcy context.

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