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Detroit mayor opposes financial emergency appeal

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 6, 2013 at 5:31 pm •  Published: March 6, 2013
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The Republican governor said he already has a person in mind to take the emergency manager's job if he decides Detroit needs one to get out of its fiscal mess.

"For me, I don't mind fighting, but I'm not stupid," Bing told The AP Wednesday morning. "If I know I'm going to get in a fight that I have no chance of winning, why in the hell should I get in that fight? I'm much better off walking away from that and fight another day."

Council President Charles Pugh said he was holding out hope that Snyder may ultimately not appoint a manager and that city officials "are going to try every avenue that we can."

Bing said he disputes portions of the review team's report, namely the determination Detroit has no plan to deal with its financial emergency. Bing also said he questions if Detroit is responsible for budget problems in the city's 36th District Court.

The court had $279 million in outstanding accounts receivables as of June 30, according to the review team report. Of that amount, an estimated $199 million is owed to the city.

Court officials, as of early this year, had taken no actions to reduce expenditures and had 350 workers while budgeted for 285, the review team said.

If Snyder does appoint a fiscal overseer, Bing said he intends to work "collaboratively" with that person instead of battling with Lansing.

"This city has a reputation of fighting, fighting, fighting and so we wind up fighting each other," Bing told the AP. "And when we do that, the city loses."