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Local EFM Critics Give Other Options For Detroit

Local EFM Critics Give Other Options For Detroit

By Fox 47 News. CREATED Mar 2, 2013

They're words nobody wanted to hear out of the Governor Rick Snyder's mouth.

"I think it's appropriate to declare the city of Detroit in financial emergency," he said.

Next up is the appointment of an emergency financial manager, but that response has plenty of critics, including State Representative Sam Singh. Fox 47 News asked Singh what his alternative would be.

"If we really want to make a change, we have to be doing that in partnership," said Singh (D-East Lansing).

Singh also says, he's not sure a state-appointed manager will be able to help Detroit any more than it's own mayor and city council and that the answer lies with the city and state working together. That includes giving the consent agreement between the two, which was started last year, more time.

"The Treasury Department and the different people that have been working from the state haven't found any additional solutions to some of these problems and that's where I'd really start first," said Singh.

Representative Andy Schor (D-Lansing) agrees.

"They wrote up a consent agreement. Is the state doing something wrong? Is the city doing something wrong? What's not working here?," he said. "They need to work together as a partnership."

Schor says, that means the return of millions of dollars the state owes Detroit through revenue sharing, but that would only make up some of the deficit. Schor isn't sure where that money would come from.

"There are a lot of options that probably could be on the table," he said.

Some say the city's elected officials have had enough chances to find a solution. State Democratic Party Chairman, Lon Johnson, disagrees.

"Government requires participation on all sides and the answer lies in democracy, not in a hostile takeover," said Johnson.