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The idea is extreme, even in a city accustomed to fighting for survival: Should the state of Michigan step in to run Detroit?
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The governor has taken steps in that direction, proposing an unprecedented move that could give an appointed manager virtually unchecked power to gut union contracts, cut health insurance and slash services. But city leaders bristle at the notion. Said the mayor: “This is our city. Detroit needs to be run by Detroiters.”
If it happens, Detroit would be the largest American city ever taken over by a state. Michigan has seized control of smaller struggling cities, but until now Detroit was always off-limits.