Snyder 'encouraging' consent agreement in Detroit

March 8, 2012 • Business

FILE – In this Jan. 5, 2012, file photo, Detroit Mayor Dave Bing speaks in Detroit. It’s a critical time in Detroit as Mayor Bing prepares to lay out his plans and highlight accomplishments in his third State of the City address on Wednesday, March 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Detroit [auth] News, David Coates, File) DETROIT FREE PRESS OUT; HUFFINGTON POST OUT

DETROIT (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder says he’s not “personally negotiating a consent agreement” to prevent an emergency manager from being appointed in Detroit, but he’s “encouraging” one.

Snyder said Wednesday in Flint that he still prefers not to appoint a state-appointed emergency manager in the city facing a nearly $200 million deficit this fiscal year. He says the “clock is ticking” but hopes time doesn’t run out to reach an agreement.

Municipal unions have yet to ratify concessions aimed at cutting the deficit.

A review team is looking over the city’s books to determine if a financial emergency exists, a step that could lead to Snyder appointing an emergency manager.

Mayor Dave Bing was to deliver his State of the City address Wednesday night in the Erma Henderson Auditorium at City Hall.

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