WASHINGTON — Two Democrats from Michigan have introduced legislation that would allow a total of up to $1 billion of recovery zone economic development bonds to be issued over one year for projects in certain specified cities.

The cities would have to have an average economic unemployment rate of at least 150% of the national average and would have to have lost at least 20% of their population between 2000 and 2010, according to the Urban Recovery and Growth Act, introduced earlier this month by Reps. Hansen Clarke and John Conyers, Jr.

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