Mayor Bing: Not Asking for Federal Bailout for Detroit

Sunday, 21 Jul 2013 01:02 PM


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Detroit Mayor Dave Bing said he isn’t asking for a federal bailout to help pay down the city’s $18 billion debt that forced the one-time industrial giant into bankruptcy last week.

"I think it’s very difficult right now to ask directly for support," Bing said on ABC's "This Week." Asked if the city would get a federal bailout, Bing said, "Not yet."

"We're not the only city that's going to struggle through what we're going through," Bing said. "We may be one of the first. We are the largest, but we absolutely will not be the last. And so we have got to set a bench mark in terms of how to fix our cities and come back from this tragedy."

Detroit filed for bankruptcy July 18 after decades of decline left it too poor to pay billions of dollars owed to bondholders, retired police officers and current city workers.

The city faces about $18 billion of debt it must now restructure. The bankruptcy, the largest municipal collapse in U.S. history, came after too few creditors would accept a plan offered by Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr to pay off $11.5 billion in unsecured debt with $2 billion in borrowed money -- an offer that would have provided as little as 10 cents on the dollar owed. It also would have cost pensioners some benefits.

Orr said on "Fox News Sunday" that the city wasn't expecting help from the federal government, though it would welcome some assistance.

"We've operated on the assumption that we have to solve this problem on our own," Orr said. "We are not waiting for the calvary to rescue us."

Michigan’s largest city joins Jefferson County, Alabama, and San Bernardino and Stockton in California, in bankruptcy.

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