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Governor gives testimony in bankruptcy proceeding

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder talks about the future of the city of Detroit during a news conference in Detroit, Michigan February 21, 2013.
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder talks about the future of the city of Detroit during a news conference in Detroit, Michigan February 21, 2013.

LANSING (WKZO) -- Michigan Governor Rick Snyder gave over three hours of testimony to attorneys representing unions in Detroit over the Chapter Nine bankruptcy filing by the City of Detroit.

The union lawyers are trying to press their belief that the city is not eligible to file for bankruptcy and did not negotiate in good faith prior to the filing.  Union officials contend that the decision to hire Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr and file for bankruptcy were made well in advance by the governor and other state officials.

Governor Snyder released a statement saying his decision to approve the Chapter Nine filing was "difficult, but necessary," and the "last and only viable option to resolve the city's financial crisis."

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