Rochelle Riley says Detroit Mayor Bing Must Do More

It’s not enough.

My anticipation of Mayor Dave Bing’s speech was almost as high as that of the new “Twilight” movie.

I was prepared to jump out of my seat at the magnitude of his announcement. I was prepared to call in to radio shows to support his plans to solve the fiscal crisis.

I listened and I waited and then I went, “Huh?”

The TV stations called, Mr. Mayor. They want their 15 minutes back.

When you tell your residents that the city will run out of money next spring, when you tell the unions that they’re killing the goose that lays their golden eggs, when you’re telling the children that we have to stand and fight together … and then you lay out a plan that keeps the city from running out of cash but doesn’t solve any long-term problems …

It’s not enough.

I wanted the mayor to declare that he was shutting city government down.

I wanted the mayor to declare that he was laying off all city workers and requiring them to reapply for their jobs. Yes, it’s huge. Yes, it’s desperate.

But when the city is carrying a third more workers than it needs and delivering half the services that residents need, times are desperate.

If Detroit wants to avoid a financial manager, if its current managers — the mayor and City Council — want to continue to manage the city’s money — what it has and what it doesn’t — then they have to present a better case to the state that they can do it.

Council President Pro Tem Gary Brown said Bing “absolutely did not” go far enough.

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Source: Detroit Free Press

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