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Panel: Detroit in Crisis, Liabilities of $14 Billion
With small towns and big cities all around America finding themselves in economic trouble, the city of Detroit is in the midst of a huge financial crisis.
FOX News Radio’s Lisa Brady reports:
A team appointed by the state to review Detroit’s finances reaches a unanimous conclusion:
(Dillon) “We believe there’s a financial emergency in the city.”
And what’s more:
(Dillon) “There’s no plan in place to correct the situation.”
State Treasurer and team member Andy Dillon:
(Dillon) “The city’s been running deficits really every year since 2005, and they’ve been masking over those in a way with some long-term borrowing.”
That borrowed money counted as revenue. Without that accounting rule, Detroit’s budget gap might be triple the current estimate of more than $300 million. The review team says the city’s long-term liabilities total more than $14 billion, including underfunded pensions.
The report recommends the Michigan governor declare a financial emergency.
Lisa Brady, FOX News Radio.