Gov. Rick Snyder says with Detroit consent deal passed, it's time for solutions

Will the new agreement work - or will it be a disaster?

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DETROIT - Gov. Rick Snyder says a deal between Detroit and state officials on handling the city's deep financial problems means it's time to turn to solutions, not problems.

Snyder spoke Thursday in Detroit after city officials voted 5-4 to accept terms of the agreement.

Among the five City Council members who voted in favor of the consent agreement are Saunteel Jenkins, James Tate, Gary Brown, Charles Pugh and Ken Cockrel Jr.

Joann Watson, Kwame Kenyatta, Brenda Jones and Andre Spivey all voted no.

READ: Detroit Financial Stability Agreement

Snyder says it's Detroit's job to adopt remedies, with Michigan serving in a support role.

Mayor Dave Bing now has a week to create the positions of chief financial officer and program management director and then 30 more days to fill the jobs after finalists are chosen in consultation with state Treasurer Andy Dillon.

Dillon says cuts in spending are inevitable. As an example, he says Detroit police have 65 full-time employees just handling payroll.

Detroit faces a $200 million budget deficit and $13.2 billion in structural debt.

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