Lansing leaders share mixed reactions to bankruptcy ruling - FOX13 News, WHBQ FOX 13

Lansing leaders share mixed reactions to bankruptcy ruling

Posted: Updated:
(WJBK) -

Word spread quickly at the state capitol about the Detroit bankruptcy decision. Some state leaders think this is the beginning of the solution to Detroit's financial problems, while others believe this is a setback.

VIDEO: Click on the video player above to hear from those in Lansing in Fox 2's Tim Skubick's report or read it below
__________

"I think its horrible."

"I'm saddened by the fact that we have to be there."

"This is really going to be about restoring a city, and that's a good thing for the people of the city of Detroit."

There was no shock - zero shock - in this town that the state's largest city is making history as the largest local government ever to be in Chapter 9.

The Senate Democratic leader Gretchen Whitmer is chastising the governor for using this option when others were available, she contends.

"I don't think he's been honest with the people of the state, in that consideration, and I'm hoping some day we get to the bottom of it all. But I don't trust this governor and so I'm very leery of where they go from here," says Whitmer.

Rep. Fred Durhal Jr. is more optimistic.

"Today, this is not a good day for Detroit but tomorrow might be better?" Skubick asks him. Durhal replies, "I believe so, yes."

"Where do you get that optimism from? Skubick says."

"Well I've lived there all my life and I know the people of Detroit are very resilient. They're going to back their government such as it is," Durhal replies.

Sen. Coleman Young Jr. refused to say he hopes it will work.

"I think it's wrong," Young says. "You don't hope it works?" Skubick asks in reply.

"I don't want to say - the reason why I'm hesitant to really answer that question is one, I think it's wrong, and secondly, I think there's going to be so many people that are going to be hurt in that process," says Young.

"Bankruptcy has a stigma," Skubick says to Sen. Randy Richardville.

"Well, sure it does. But when you're out of bankruptcy that stigma goes away," Richardville says.  

"Can you survive in the middle, though?" Skubick asks. "Yeah, I think so. I think the tenacity of the people of Detroit is something that's under estimated," Richardville says.

The Snyder administration has a lot riding on this.

"Bankruptcy isn't the problem; bankruptcy is the solution," says Lt. Gov. Brian Calley.

Not everyone in this town agrees.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • RECALL: Kraft American Singles Cheese Slices

    RECALL: Kraft American Singles Cheese Slices

    Monday, September 1 2014 8:05 AM EDT2014-09-01 12:05:15 GMT
    Kraft voluntarily recalled 7,691 cases of its American Singles cheese product Friday because an ingredient was stored improperly by a supplier.
    Kraft voluntarily recalled 7,691 cases of its American Singles cheese product Friday because an ingredient was stored improperly by a supplier.
  • Minimum wage hike launches this Labor Day

    Minimum wage hike launches this Labor Day

    Monday, September 1 2014 7:30 AM EDT2014-09-01 11:30:54 GMT
    Minimum wage workers across metro Detroit and the rest of the state are getting a small raise this Labor Day.
    Minimum wage workers across metro Detroit and the rest of the state are getting a small raise this Labor Day.
  • All you need to know: Arts, Beats and Eats 2014

    All you need to know: Arts, Beats and Eats 2014

    Monday, September 1 2014 7:28 AM EDT2014-09-01 11:28:22 GMT
    Celebrating its 17th year and returning to the bustling streets of Royal Oak from Aug. 29 - Sept. 1, Ford Arts, Beats Eats presented by FirstMerit Bank will entertain thousands of visitors from across the region with its outstanding music line-up, stellar arts programming, mouthwatering selection of food, and a number of new attractions this Labor Day weekend.
    Celebrating its 17th year and returning to the bustling streets of Royal Oak from Aug. 29 - Sept. 1, Ford Arts, Beats Eats presented by FirstMerit Bank will entertain thousands of visitors from across the region with its outstanding music line-up, stellar arts programming, mouthwatering selection of food, and a number of new attractions this Labor Day weekend.
  • Download the FOX 2 Apps


  • FOX 2 News Five-Day Forecast
Powered by WorldNow

WHBQ-TV | Fox 13
485 S. Highland St.
Memphis, TN 38111

Main Station: (901) 320-1313
Newsroom: (901) 320-1340

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices