State to seize Detroit?

The ‘R’ word — receivership — popping up in major media

DETROIT — As the New Year dawns, the specter of state receivership has raised its head in the debate over Detroit’s fiscal crisis, hot on the heels of a similar recommendation for the Detroit Public Schools.

“A state-appointed receiver could operate in the practical world, apart from politics,” said Nolan Finley, editorial page editor of the Detroit News Dec. 12. “The receiver would have the freedom to cut spending until it matches revenues by laying off city and school workers, eliminating services and closing schools, selling assets and going to court to force work rule changes.”

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