Labor unions and other creditors on Wednesday got the chance to grill Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder about the decision to put Detroit in bankruptcy court.
Snyder, a Republican, sat for a three-hour deposition under oath in Lansing.
In a statement, Snyder said he agreed to the deposition to help "ensure this case is resolved fairly and as quickly as possible and that we’re acting in the best interests of Detroiters and Michiganders."
His answers could be used in a few weeks when a judge holds a trial to determine if Detroit is eligible to shed or restructure billions in debts.
Bankruptcy attorney Kevyn Orr was hired by the state in March to act as an emergency manager for the city. Orr made Detroit the largest U.S. city to seek court protection when he filed for bankruptcy in July.
“Detroit is in the midst of a fiscal crisis six decades in the making. Authorization of the Chapter 9 filing was a difficult but necessary decision -- one that clearly was the last and only viable option to resolve the city’s fiscal crisis and restore the greatness of this proud city," Snyder said. "I am convinced that it will spur the turnaround and complete the comeback of our state’s largest city, and ensure a vibrant, thriving Detroit and Michigan for generations to come.”
Critics say Detroit's emergency manager may not have negotiated enough with creditors before the bankruptcy was filed in July. Bargaining done in good faith will be a key issue.
It's very rare for a governor to be interviewed under oath about executive decisions.
Treasurer Andy Dillon and transformation manager Richard Baird will be questioned Thursday.
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