Judge denies another challenge to Detroit consent agreement

Wayne County Judge denies lawsuit by 3 Detroit union members

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DETROIT - A Detroit judge has denied another challenge to a consent agreement between Mayor Dave Bing and the state.

Wayne County Circuit Judge Amy Hathaway on Thursday denied a lawsuit by three Detroit union members.

The lawsuit said, the consent agreement was invalid because the state owes Detroit back state revenue sharing and other money.

That also was argued in an earlier lawsuit by Detroit Corporation Counsel Krystal Crittendon.

An Ingham County judge said then that Bing didn't authorize Crittendon to sue.

Hathaway said Yolanda King, Yvonne Ross and Rose Roots also didn't prove the state owes Detroit the money.

In a statement Mayor Bing said, "We're pleased Judge Amy Hathaway confirmed what I and the five members of the City Council who voted for the Financial Stability Agreement have said all along, the consent agreement process isn't perfect, but it was our best option to, ultimately, avoid an emergency manager and allow us to continue to work to financially stabilize the City and transform Detroit."

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