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The City of Detroit has not declared bankruptcy, says Councilwoman JoAnn Watson

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Detroit City Councilwoman JoAnn Watson

A groundbreaking commentary published this morning in the Michigan Citizen written by Detroit City Councilwoman JoAnn Watson states the City of Detroit has not declared bankruptcy.

The piece 
discussed on Independent Underground Radio LIVE --Michigan's Top Politico Podcast - earlier in the afternoon, marks the first time a elected City Official has challenged Governor Rick Snyder (R) and Emergency Manager assertion Detroit is bankrupt.

The Councilwoman cites only Governor Snyder (R) and appointed Emergency Manager Orr have declared Detroit bankrupt. Watson writes in the Michigan Citizen article, Detroit's Elected City Council has not approved any Chapter 9 municipal proceedings currently taking place in U.S. Federal Bankruptcy Court.
"Sure, the Michigan State Constitution says the governor has the right to “approve” a municipal bankruptcy — but no where is it written that the governor gets to file bankruptcy on behalf of a municipality — a city which he swore an oath to protect," Councilwoman Watson wrote. "Nowhere in the history of the United States of America has an unelected, non-resident, appointee (like the EM) filed for municipal bankruptcy."
Watson briefly discussed emails sent between Governor Snyder, Emergency Manager Orr, NERD Fund Employee Rich Baird and Mayor Dave Bing released in an article last week by the Michigan Citizen. AFSCME Council 25 Attorney Robert Davis obtained copies of the electronic communications though a Freedom of Information Act request.
"Anyone who questions whether bankruptcy was a planned maneuver need only review the cacophony of e-mails, which have been made public via union member Robert Davis’ lawsuit against the EM, the governor and Detroit’s mayor," stated Councilwoman Watson. 
Read the entire column at The Michigan Citizen.

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