New deficit numbers to shed light on bankruptcy decision for Wayne County

New Wayne County budget deficit numbers are expected this week and Michigan Governor Rick Snyder does not rule out sending Wayne County into bankruptcy, but he tells FOX 2 political insider Tim Skubick he will give the county every chance to avoid that.

The Governor sat down Monday with Skubick to give his most extensive comments as to what he was said before Detroit ended up in Chapter 9. 

The governor said from the outset he did not want to place Detroit into bankruptcy, but when city officials failed to live up to the demands of a consent agreement, the governor hired emergency manager Keyvn Orr and Motown went into chapter nine.

When it comes to Wayne County's deficit, the governor is saying pretty much the same thing.

The governor credits the new county executive Warren Evans for "trying to get on top of this," but even Evans admits a consent agreement or bankruptcy for the county can not be ruled out.

Much like he did with the Detroit City Council and Mayor Bing, the governor is giving Wayne County lots of room to resolve its deficit on its own without state intervention.

The county is working on a deficit reduction plan but Evans says perhaps as early as this week he and the county commission will have a better idea on what the ultimate solution will be.
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