CHICAGO - Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder Wednesday declared a financial emergency in Wayne County, home of Detroit.

The declaration came just one day after a state review team sent him a report with the recommendation.

"Local leaders have taken important steps toward resolving the financial crisis that has challenged the county for several years, but the review team's report clearly shows that a financial emergency exists," Snyder said in a statement. "Chronic financial crises will only grow worse, and the possible solutions will be far more difficult, if the crisis is not addressed immediately. Restoring Wayne County to a secure financial foundation will ensure residents will continue to get the services they need."

Wayne County Executive Warren Evans on June 17 requested that the state review the county's finances and declare a financial emergency. He wants to enter into a consent agreement with the state, which would broaden the county's powers to impose changes to labor contracts.

Acting on Evans' request, the state has expedited its consideration of the county's finances, and Snyder's quick affirmation of the review team's findings sticks to the fast-tracked schedule.

In a statement issued after Snyder's declaration, Evans said the governor's decision confirms the county's own findings of an emergency.

"We maintain the position that a consent agreement is the best option going forward," Evans said. "We will seek a consent agreement that respects the roles of the Wayne County executive and commission, and gives us the tools to focus our efforts on resolving the $52 million structural deficit."

 

 

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