Michigan Governor Proposes Financial Takeover of Debt-Ridden Detroit

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder declared a state of fiscal emergency in Detroit on Friday, drawing on a 1990 law allowing him to take control of the city’s finances.

According to a report released last month, the city’s deficit of $327 million and more than $14 billion in long-term obligations is putting the city in the grip of a financial crisis.

However, many have criticized the move noting that a white Republican governor would effectively be taking over a city that is 80 percent black and overwhelmingly Democratic.

Host Carmen Russell-Sluchansky spoke with Jay Scott Smith, a Detroit-based freelance writer, radio host and contributor to Daily Beast and Newsweek, to discuss the story.


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