The Detroit City Council made a last ditch effort today to convince the governor that the city does not need an Emergency Manager and is on a path to solving its financial emergency. At least one state official appearing at a hearing in Lansing has concluded the city has had its chance.
In what's being called an 11th hour attempt to head off an emergency manager, the city council tried to convince a deputy state treasurer that there is a five year deal already in place with the state and here is the governor, eight months into the deal, talking about an EM.
Detroit Fiscal Director Irving Corley, Junior said, "we think there is a satisfactory plan in place."
Much of the council believes it should be given more time to make the plan that is in place work. But Fred Headen, a member of the state's financial review team believes an EM for the city of Detroit is not premature. Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh concedes governor Rick Snyder is under pressure to pull the EM trigger, but he would prefer the governor pull the common sense one instead. "We want cooler heads to prevail." Pugh said.
State officials will compile all the arguments and present them to the governor who has said he has not yet decided on the EM.
Reverend Charles Williams II was among those in Lansing on Tuesday to speak out against an EM for Detroit. He argues that if an emergency manager is put in place it amounts to citizens losing their democracy.
The next move is now up to the governor.