Detroit Files Largest U.S. Municipal Bankruptcy
The Detroit bankruptcy filing will arrive in court Wednesday despite several attempts to block the massive $18 billion debt restructuring. U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Steven Rhodes agreed to an expedited hearing shortly after Emergency Manager Kevin Orr filed for Chapter 9 municipal bankruptcy last Friday. The main opponents of the bankruptcy are retirees and workers who are primarily concerned with their ability to receive retirement benefits.
On Monday Ingham County Circuit Court Judge Rosemarie Aquilina claimed that the law allowing Michigan Governor Rick Snyder to approve the emergency manager’s bankruptcy filing is unconstitutional. This ruling was based on the grounds that the governor would be violating the state’s constitutional protections for public workers’ retirement benefits. In response, State Attorney General Bill Schute has filed an appeal on behalf of the governor to the state appeals court.
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