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Michigan GOP officials praise Detroit Grand Bargain


LANSING (WKZO) -- Legislation singed last week by Governor Rick Snyder to aid the city of Detroit as it eases itself out of bankruptcy is being called a positive step by the Michigan Republican Party. Michigan GOP spokesperson Darren Littell says that the deal gives Detroit just under 200 million dollars in state aid in exchange for some oversight of the city's finances temporarily. He tells us that second part of the deal is key, as it ensures that Detroit will be guided toward stability with input from both the local and state level.

"There's a method and a path for the oversight committee to give power back to the city rapidly as long as the conditions are met, and the mayor is going to have a seat at the table, as well as some of the the city council members," Littell told WKZO. "So, it's a very broad coalition of folks who are goign to be looking at what is best for the city."

The city's pensioners have yet to approve the plan, which is required for it to go into effect. Littell says that he thinks they will, even though it includes small cuts in their pensions, telling us that getting Detroit back on its feet will require some sacrifice for all parties involved.