Detroit mayor: Time to focus on 'important issues'

Detroit Mayor responds to dismissal of consent agreement lawsuit


DETROIT – Detroit Mayor Dave Bing says the dismissal of a lawsuit challenging Detroit's consent deal with the state allows his administration to refocus on "important issues" facing the city.

Bing said in a news conference Wednesday that corporation counsel Krystal Crittendon has been "an unfortunate distraction."

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Crittendon claimed in her lawsuit that the agreement between Bing and Gov. Rick Snyder was invalid because she believes the state owes Detroit $220 million in past revenue sharing. Snyder has said the state doesn't owe Detroit the money.

A judge dismissed Crittendon's lawsuit Wednesday.

The state treasurer had threatened to withhold some current revenue sharing if the suit was not dropped.

Bing said without that money the city would have gone broke.

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