Traverse City Record-Eagle


November 5, 2013

Michigan in Brief: 11/05/2013

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.

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