DETROIT - Detroit Mayor Dave Bing tried to emphasize the positive and give some hope Wednesday night during his State of the City speech. But is there any?
Detroit's financial woes are extreme and on Wednesday night there were no answers to the city's long-term liability issues, which is what will be the deciding factor in whether the state is forced to put an emergency manager in the city.
"I wish that he had been much more definitive about the fact that there is way forward without emergency management," said Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh. "He joked about it and said that we haven't gotten one appointed yet. I didn't think that was funny."
So far, what has been needed to be done has not been done. The mayor emphasized the short-term measures that have stemmed the cash bleed, but not the long-term fixes.
Still, many appreciated Bing's positive tone.
"The best way forward is one foot at a time, and clearly, as you see, that's what we're doing," said City Councilman James Tate.
Metro Detroit's regional leaders were in attendance and they have nothing but praise for Mayor Bing and the challenges he faces.
"This guy truly is a very ethical person. He's a trusted individual. I hope he decides to run for mayor again," said Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel.
However, perhaps the only opinion that really mattered Wednesday night was State Treasurer Andy Dillon.
"I thought it was a good message. I come to every state of the city, and I didn't want to change, and I thought the mayor delivered a great message tonight," Dillon said.
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