Detroit bankruptcy trial continues
DETROIT — A trial to determine if Detroit is eligible to turn its finances around in bankruptcy court should end Thursday or Friday.
Lawyers made the disclosure Monday, the sixth day of trial. Detroit filed for Chapter 9 protection in July, but a judge first must determine if the city met key steps to be eligible to try shedding billions in debt.
A main objection is whether Detroit held “good-faith” negotiations with certain creditors before the filing. Unions and pension funds say no.
Emergency manager Kevyn Orr finished his testimony Monday. The judge also heard from union official Steve Kreisberg, who attended meetings with city officials but says they weren’t for negotiations.
Report: Renewable energy mandate doable
LANSING — State officials say Michigan is positioned to require more of its electricity to come from wind and other renewable sources.
Existing law sets a 10 percent target that must be met in 2015. A report issued Monday to Gov. Rick Snyder says 15 percent renewable power by 2020 and 30 percent by 2035 are “achievable.”
The report is expected to guide Snyder and lawmakers as they consider updating a 2008 law that instituted green power and energy-efficiency mandates while overhauling competition in the electricity market.
At Snyder’s request, Michigan regulators and the state Energy Office spent a year developing the report and holding public hearings.
In all, 29 states and Washington, D.C., have renewable standards.
Snyder and Bing: Public safety initiative
DETROIT — Gov. Rick Snyder and Detroit Mayor Dave Bing on Monday announced the expansion of a program they say has been successful at reducing crime in parts of the city.
During an event at Osborn High School, Snyder and Bing discussed the merits of growing the AmeriCorps Urban Safety Corps program, a public-private partnership that uses AmeriCorps members to recruit community volunteers to help improve public safety in targeted Detroit neighborhoods.
The Urban Safety Corps program, which is operated by Wayne State University, has been used in the Midtown and East Jefferson sections of Detroit for three years.
Detroit’s mayoral election is topsy-turvy
DETROIT — A candidate once thought to have little chance of getting past Detroit’s primary election is the front runner today in the race for mayor, a job that will have little immediate power as the debt-ridden metropolis is guided through the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history by a state-appointed emergency manager.
One of the top remaining issues for both candidates: Who can better work under the thumb of turnaround expert Kevyn Orr, who will continue to run the show for at least another year in Detroit — a city where population has dropped from 1.8 million people to 700,000, and political corruption and mismanagement have contributed to its ultimate financial demise.
Benny Napoleon and Mike Duggan have said they oppose state intervention in Detroit’s affairs and the hiring of Orr to run its finances.
“I’m going to try to shorten Kevyn Orr’s stay,” Duggan told The Associated Press.