Walsh Orr kick off House committee meetings on Detroits Recovery and Michigans

first_img13May Walsh, Orr kick off House committee meetings on Detroit’s Recovery and Michigan’s Future Categories: News “We can’t turn a blind eye” —WalshCommittee Chair John Walsh, R-Livonia, today welcomed Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr to the first meeting of the newly created committee on Detroit’s Recovery and Michigan’s Future, which began with an overview of Detroit and Michigan history and outlined the key points of the legislative package aimed to help resolve the city’s bankruptcy settlement.“I wanted to begin by sharing our research with the committee because it’s important to establish why the state’s assistance is needed in the first place,” Walsh said. “Detroit’s situation is challenging, but that doesn’t mean we can turn a blind eye. With the help of state government, unions, nonprofits and a number of other stakeholders, the city will be back on its feet in no time.”A city that was once the fourth largest in the nation is now undergoing the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. As a legal subdivision of the state of Michigan, Detroit’s successes and challenges affect all Michiganders. Kevyn Orr said city assets—including the Detroit Institute of Arts—would be protected from dissolution if the state of Michigan contributed to the settlement.“The state has a responsibility to taxpayers to go about this in the most efficient and cost-effective manner possible,” Walsh said. “If we don’t take steps toward reform today, the state will pay for it exponentially in the long run. As a lawyer, citizen and elected official, I ask the public’s help and thoughtfulness as we balance the importance of investment and oversight.”The committee will be meeting twice more this week: 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 14, and following session on Thursday, May 15. Wednesday’s meeting will feature details of the 11-bill package from sponsors, as well as brief oral testimony from the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce among others representing unions and associations. Thursday’s meeting calls for oral testimony from the public, but written public testimony is welcome at both meetings.All committee meetings will be held in House Appropriations, Room 352 at the State Capitol Building in Lansing. Those who wish to submit testimony may contact Rep. Walsh’s office at 517-373-3920, [email protected] or online at More information on the 11-bill package can be found at

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