Chris Gautz

Stateside
4:06 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Will state lawmakers approve the Detroit bankruptcy "grand bargain?"

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It's taken months of bargaining, bickering and posturing, but there have been promising advances in the Detroit bankruptcy journey.

Pieces are starting to fall into place that could complete the so-called "grand bargain" that would protect the DIA collection and soften the blow for Detroit's retirees.

First came word of a tentative deal between the city and its pensioners. A day later, the board that represents police and fire retirees gave a unanimous approval to the deal.

Now it's on to the next hurdle: getting state lawmakers to approve Michigan's share of the grand bargain –$350 million.

Chris Gautz, Capitol Correspondent of Crain's Detroit Business, joined us today.

Listen to the full interview above.

Politics & Government
5:10 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Budget surplus causes debate in Lansing

Michigan capitol building in Lansing.
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A pleasant problem occupies the minds in Lansing today: What should be done with a projected surplus of $971 million?

As one might expect, there is no shortage of debate surrounding what should be done with the windfall. 

We're joined by Chris Gautz, Capitol correspondent for Crain's Detroit Business, and Jonathan Oosting, MLive's Lansing reporter.

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