Detroit mayor seeks to downsize government

March 8, 2012 at 12:29 PM

DETROIT, March 8 (UPI) -- Detroit Mayor Dave Bing said he is working hard to fix the city's fiscal crisis by aggressively downsizing government.

Bing told an audience gathered for his third State of the City address he does not want and will not support an emergency manager for Motor City, the Detroit News reported Thursday.

"I want you to know my commitment remains unwavering as I work toward my primary mission to bring financial stability to city operations and improve the quality of life for our citizens," Bing said.

He said he and Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder agree an emergency manager is not in Detroit's best interest.

Bing has asked the state Legislature for "tangible support" to help nail down tentative concessions he's reached with Detroit unions.

He said those deals, not yet ratified by rank-and-file union members, are critical to his plan to keep Detroit solvent.

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