Tuesday, March 13, 2012

What's Wrong With the Proposed Consent Decree?

Money Problems
Governor Rick Snyder unveiled his proposed consent decree with the City of Detroit earlier this morning. He has publicly said that this is beginning of a public negotiation process and is willing to consider revisions to it. For those who haven't seen this document in its entirety, it is available on-line here.

I like the idea of a consent decree as an alternative to an emergency manager or bankruptcy. However, I have some issues with the details of it.

For the past 3 years, Council President Pro Tem Gary Brown and the other members of the Detroit City Council have been doing everything in their power to reign in our City's out of control spending.

Also, for the past 3 years, Mayor Dave Bing has insisted on borrowing hundreds of millions of dollars from Wall Street and spending more than our City takes in, all the while insisting that everything would be okay.

With all of this being true, one has to ask: why does the proposed consent decree give so much power to the man who made Detroit's problems worse and so little to those who have been working diligently from day one to solve them?

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