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Snyder Administration Defends Financial Reviews

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Lawyers acting for Governor Rick Snyder have asked the state Court of Appeals to reverse lower court rulings that blocked the administration’s efforts to resolve financial crises in two cities.

The administration has asked the appeals court to restore Flint’s emergency manager, and to clear the way for a deal with Detroit that would avoid an emergency manager.

Governor Snyder will decide whether to accept the recommendation of the Detroit financial review team. But the state’s arguments say the judge’s order limits the options to doing nothing or a full-fledged state takeover of Detroit – and not the option of a consent agreement that would leave some authority with Mayor Dave Bing and the city council.

The Snyder administration has asked the court to rule by 10 A-M Monday, which is when the review team is to meet to make its recommendation. The administration says the review team’s authority to make a recommendation runs out after Monday. 

The Snyder administration also filed a separate appeal asking the court to reinstate Flint’s emergency manager.

In both cases, judges in Ingham County ruled state-appointed financial review teams broke Michigan’s open meetings law.  

Rick Pluta is Senior Capitol Correspondent for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He has been covering Michigan’s Capitol, government, and politics since 1987. His journalism background includes stints with UPI, The Elizabeth (NJ) Daily Journal, The (Pontiac, MI) Oakland Press, and WJR. He is also a lifelong public radio listener.
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