consent agreement en Detroit Council President: State 'irresponsible' for 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="">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="">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="">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 Detroit Council President: State 'irresponsible' for using threats Detroit officials count city money in the face of 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 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 <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 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 <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="">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 Unnamed air carrier shows interest in Detroit's City Airport Detroit mayor wants to 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 Detroit mayor wants to layoff 2500 city employees