January 23, 2014: Governor Snyder’s Settlement Plan and Patterson/Agema Comments

Yesterday, Governor Rick Snyder held a press conference to unveil a proposed settlement that would give Detroit $350M over twenty years to protect Detroit’s art and help its pensioners. The settlement would offer some relief to the struggling metropolis, but also comes with stipulations. Among these stipulations, the state would require Detroit to relinquish pension management to an independent entity. Tonight the MiWeek team examines Governor Snyder’s proposed settlement and what it could mean not only to Detroit, but to other municipalities as well.

Oakland County Executive, L. Brooks Patterson, recently came under fire after The New Yorker ran a piece on him called, “Drop Dead Detroit.” Patterson claims the writer took some of his quotes out of context, but that hasn’t stopped politicians and civil rights leaders from demanding an apology. Also, Dave Agema, member of Republican National Committee and former Michigan legislator, decided against attending the RNC meetings in Washington amid calls for his resignation. Agema has also been under recent scrutiny  as a result of inflammatory remarks made about Muslims and gays. Tonight the MiWeek team ponders, “Should L. Brooks Patterson apologize? Should Dave Agema resign?”

Here’s a preview of tonight’s show:

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