CHICAGO — Detroit Mayor Dave Bing Wednesday flexed his new powers under the consent decree with Michigan by imposing $102 million of wage and benefit cuts on the city’s unionized workers without consent of the unions or the City Council, which rejected the plan Tuesday.

“As we look back at the way the city has been run the last couple of decades, we can’t continue along that path,” Bing said at a press conference Wednesday morning, saying he ordered the cuts Tuesday night. “It’s incumbent upon this administration to make changes, and hopefully we can change the fortunes of the city as we go forward.”

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