Detroit City Council Concedes Emergency Manager Likely, Ponders Alternatives

Members of Detroit’s city council conceded today that state intervention is “likely” in the city’s looming financial crisis. Nonetheless, they are still hoping to corral the city’s $45 million budget shortfall themselves. The council finalized a list of proposed budget cuts that now goes to Mayor Dave Bing for vetting. Steps outlined by the council …

Can Emergency Manager Roy Roberts Fix ‘Disgrace’ of Detroit’s Schools?

As part of a rebranding effort for the Detroit Public Schools, the district has adopted the optimistic slogan of “We’re in,” this year. Cheerleaders and a marching band were on hand at some schools for the opening of classes. The school district, National Public Radio reports, wants parents to know “this is not the same …

Midwest Memo: Detroit Has A Deal, Chicago Has Crippling Debt And Ohio Has Bulldozers

Detroit’s deal Last night, the Detroit City Council voted to approve a consent agreement with the state to avoid takeover by an emergency manager. That means, as long as the governor signs the deal as expected and the courts don’t strike the deal down, Detroit finally has the first step in a plan to avoid …

Midwest Memo: Still No Deal In Detroit, Indiana’s Welfare Woes And Ohio Gas Stats

Still no deal Partner station Michigan Radio reports the Detroit City Council decided not to vote last night on a proposed consent agreement with the state to resolve the city’s financial crisis. A judge has blocked any agreement from going forward. Michigan governor Rick Snyder is appealing that decision. If no deal is reached by …

Indie-Pop Band Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. Gives Its Take On Detroit’s Fiscal Crisis

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. – We Almost Lost Detroit from Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. on Vimeo. By the time you read this, Detroit leaders may have already reached a deal to avoid a state takeover. Or not. City council was scheduled to meet as of this posting to decide whether to sign a consent agreement …

Midwest Memo: Powering Up Wind Projects On The Lakes, Chicago’s Debt And Detroit In Disagreement

Windmills on the Lakes? The AP reports the federal government will announce a new plan today to speed up development of offshore wind farms on the Great Lakes. The government has signed agreements with five of the eight Great Lakes states to clear up the regulatory requirements for wind power projects in the Lakes. Proposed …

Watch Live: Governor Snyder To Take Questions From Detroiters At 11 a.m.

Watch live streaming video from snyderlive at livestream.com On Monday, the state appointed financial review team for Detroit held its final meeting, and members got an earful from Detroiters who are worried that their city could face a takeover. Today, governor Rick Snyder is speaking in the city, and he’s expected to take questions. The …

Midwest Memo: No News In Detroit, Michigan’s $1 Billion Year And Transit Worries In Chicago

Nothing yet There’s still no consent agreement between the city of Detroit and the state of Michigan. The team that’s been reviewing the city’s finances re-affirmed yesterday that they believe the city is in severe financial stress. But they did not recommend that the governor should appoint an emergency manager. Partner station Michigan Radio says …