Will Detroit need to file for Chapter 9?

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    It’s no secret that Detroit has taken a major hit in the recession. The former car manufacturing mecca of the western world, Detroit has now crumbled after the fall of the automotive industry. Unemployment rates are at an all-time high while the housing market remains sluggish. So what options are left for this capital city?

    Detroit may need to start thinking about bankruptcy as a final solution to resolve its long-term debt. While analysts see hope in bankruptcy for the city, both Mayor Dave Bing and Governor Rick Snyder have said that Chapter 9 shouldn’t be necessary in their solution.

    Bankruptcy is only to be considered as a final solution under Michigan law. It should only be pursued after an “emergency manager” cannot reconcile the budget through any means necessary. This can involve breaking labor contracts, cutting pensions and even selling the city’s assets.

    While this may be good news for state employees and citizens barely surviving on pension and healthcare plans, it could be more hard times for the entire city. While Snyder says “I don’t want to end up with an emergency manager,” it’s obvious that Detroit is running out of time. Snyder is urging elected officials to sign a consent agreement, which will help them slash the city’s budget and eliminate thousands of city jobs. Mayor Bing seems to be behind the plan, hoping to avoid any outside intervention.

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    Thanks for the post --very informative!
     

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