consent agreement http://michiganradio.org en Detroit Council President: State 'irresponsible' for using threats http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-council-president-state-irresponsible-using-threats <p>Detroit&#39;s top lawyer, Krystal Crittendon, plans to argue in court that the city&#39;s consent agreement with the state is not legal.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120611/METRO/206110401/1361/Crittendon--Detroit-consent-deal-lawsuit--not-about-me-">Detroit News</a> reports that Crittendon contends the state owes the city &quot;more than $220 million in past-due state revenue sharing payments and millions of other unpaid bills.&quot; She says the city can&#39;t enter into a consent agreement with the state since the state is in default.</p><p>The state has denied they owe Detroit money, and Gov. Rick Snyder and state Treasurer Andy Dillon have said they&#39;ll withhold $80 million in revenue sharing payments to the city if the lawsuit goes forward.</p><p>Crittendon is expected to appear in Ingham County court tomorrow for an initial hearing.</p><p>Crittendon said it is her legal obligation to go forward with her lawsuit. From the Detroit News:</p><blockquote><p>&quot;Those of you who have worked with me should know that I take my legal, moral, ethical, professional and charter-mandated responsibilities very seriously,&quot; Crittendon wrote. &quot;They are not for sale and will not be compromised.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>Yesterday, <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/not-much-support-effort-get-detroits-top-lawyer-drop-lawsuit">Michigan Radio&#39;s Sarah Cwiek</a> reported Detroit Mayor Dave Bing was unsuccessful in persuading city council to back his effort to stop Crittendon from moving forward with the lawsuit.</p><p>Today, we here more about council&#39;s reaction to the lawsuit and the state&#39;s threat of withholding money from the city.</p><p>Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh said state officials are &quot;scaring the hell&quot; out of Detroit by threatening to pull funding from the city. More from <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2012/06/pugh_state_is_scaring_the_hell.html">MLive&#39;s Jonathan Oosting</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Council President Charles Pugh today questioned reports that Detroit is poised to run out money this week and called the state &quot;irresponsible&quot; for threatening to withhold expected funding because of concerns over a pending lawsuit by the city&#39;s top attorney.</p><p>&quot;They can have those concerns,&quot; Pugh told reporters this morning. &quot;But you don&#39;t put the city at risk of not being able to pay our police officers and firefighters and scaring the hell out of citizens by saying we&#39;re going to run out of cash. That&#39;s irresponsible, and it makes me angry because we didn&#39;t have to get to this point.&quot; Tue, 12 Jun 2012 21:09:36 +0000 Mark Brush 7856 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit Council President: State 'irresponsible' for using threats Detroit officials count city money in the face of consent agreement legal challenge http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-officials-count-city-money-face-consent-agreement-legal-challenge <p>Detroit Mayor Dave Bing and the City Council are sitting down this morning to discuss keeping the city afloat financially.</p><p>Bing and Detroit&rsquo;s Chief Financial Officer have warned the city might run out of money by the end of this week.</p><p>When Detroit signed a consent agreement with the state more than two months ago, it was supposed to keep the city out of just this position.</p><p>But the city&rsquo;s top lawyer, Krystal Crittendon, is challenging the deal&rsquo;s validity in court.</p> Mon, 11 Jun 2012 14:28:19 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 7832 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit officials count city money in the face of consent agreement legal challenge Court of Appeals rules Michigan's emergency manager process doesn't violate Open Meetings law http://michiganradio.org/post/court-appeals-rules-michigans-emergency-manager-process-doesnt-violate-open-meetings-law <div><p>The Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled review teams can meet behind closed doors as they decide whether to recommend a state takeover of a city or school district. Opponents of Michigan&rsquo;s emergency manager law filed the challenge. They say review teams should have to comply with Michigan&rsquo;s open meetings law.</p><p>The ruling essentially upholds the decision to name an emergency manager to run Flint and the state&rsquo;s consent agreement with Detroit.</p><p>Robert Davis filed one of the lawsuits. He says the court made a mistake.</p><p>&ldquo;The financial review teams are able to exercise extraordinary powers, including issuing subpoenas and compelling testimony of local elected officials, and, certainly, since they are discussing financial management of a local unit of government certainly that should be open for every person and every citizen to be privy to,&rdquo; Davis said.</p><p>Davis said he will appeal this ruling to the Michigan Supreme Court.</p>Meanwhile, the Court of Appeals is still deciding whether to allow a referendum challenging the emergency manager law on the November ballot Tue, 22 May 2012 17:15:21 +0000 Rick Pluta 7560 at http://michiganradio.org Court of Appeals rules Michigan's emergency manager process doesn't violate Open Meetings law Unnamed air carrier shows interest in Detroit's City Airport http://michiganradio.org/post/unnamed-air-carrier-shows-interest-detroits-city-airport <p>Detroit&#39;s Coleman A. Young International Airport, also called City Airport, might soon be seeing passengers for the first time since 2000.</p><p>From <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20120504/NEWS05/205040366/City-in-talks-with-carrier-that-wants-to-restore-passenger-service-to-Detroit">the Detroit Free Press</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Jason Watt, general manager of the Coleman A. Young International Airport, told the City Council on Thursday that the city has a letter of intent from a carrier interested in re-establishing scheduled passenger travel. He would not publicly identify the company.</p></blockquote><p>The facility is still open for private pilots and cargo carriers, the Free Press reports, but prior to Thursday&#39;s anonymous show if interest, the airport&#39;s future wasn&#39;t looking particularly bright as city officials work to scale down Detroit&#39;s budget.</p><p><em>-John Klein Wilson, Michigan Radio Newsroom</em></p><p> Fri, 04 May 2012 19:08:42 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 7346 at http://michiganradio.org Unnamed air carrier shows interest in Detroit's City Airport Detroit mayor wants to layoff 2500 city employees http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-mayor-wants-layoff-2500-city-employees <p><span lang="EN">DETROIT (AP) - Detroit Mayor Dave&nbsp;Bing has laid out a budget </span><span lang="EN">proposal that would cut more than 2,500 jobs and shave $250 million </span><span lang="EN">from the city&#39;s annual expenses.</span></p><p><span lang="EN">Bing&#39;s Chief Operating Officer&nbsp;Chris Brown told City Council </span><span lang="EN">members Monday the layoffs would be in addition to 1,000 job cuts </span><span lang="EN">Bing sought earlier. Brown says the city&#39;s general fund revenues </span><span lang="EN">will decrease from $820.5 million to $739 million.</span></p><p><span lang="EN">Detroit has an accumulated budget deficit of $265 million and </span><span lang="EN">$13.2 billion in long-term, structural debt and is trying to fix </span><span lang="EN">its finances after agreeing to state oversight&nbsp;</span><span lang="EN">Bing&#39;s budget proposal also calls for privatizing the city&#39;s bus </span><span lang="EN">system and transferring its lighting department to an independent&nbsp;</span><span lang="EN">authority.</span></p><p><span lang="EN">The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press say $75 million would go&nbsp;</span><span lang="EN">toward the city&#39;s accumulated deficit.</span> Mon, 23 Apr 2012 14:33:37 +0000 The Associated Press 7150 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit mayor wants to layoff 2500 city employees