Last week, I said merging the governments of Detroit and Wayne County was a sensible solution to both their crises.
This idea was not wildly popular. One woman said I was out of my mind, and added Wayne County “just need(ed) to have their crooks behind bars.”
A more thoughtful man said I was “operating from the usual liberal impulse of having successful entities transfer resources to unsuccessful entities,” something he indicated didn’t work.
Well, that gentleman is right. It usually doesn’t work. That’s what has been happening with revenue sharing.
What I am proposing is creating an entirely new entity, writing a new charter and creating a combined county government. I am not suggesting Wayne County simply absorb Detroit.