As the Detroit City Council began hearings last week on Mayor Ken Cockrel Jr.’s 2010 budget, the council’s top fiscal analyst largely praised the proposed spending plan while questioning aspects of Cockrel’s plan to eliminate the deficit.

In a memo to the council last week, long-time council analyst Irvin Corley Jr. called mayor’s budget “the most realistic estimate of the prior year or accumulated deficit (at $280 million) that we have seen in some time.”

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