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Detroit bankruptcy raises red flags in other US cities
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Detroit bankruptcy raises red flags in other US cities

Jul 23 2013, 4:36am CDT | by IANS

Washington, July 23 (IANS) Even as a federal judge set a hearing on a challenge to a bankruptcy filing by Detroit, America's famed automotive city, questions are being raised about the fate of several other debt-crushed major US cities.

Washington, July 23 — Even as a federal judge set a hearing on a challenge to a bankruptcy filing by Detroit, America's famed automotive city, questions are being raised about the fate of several...

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Detroit bankruptcy raises red flags in other US cities

Jul 23 2013, 4:36am CDT | by IANS

Washington, July 23 (IANS) Even as a federal judge set a hearing on a challenge to a bankruptcy filing by Detroit, America's famed automotive city, questions are being raised about the fate of several other debt-crushed major US cities.

Washington, July 23 — Even as a federal judge set a hearing on a challenge to a bankruptcy filing by Detroit, America's famed automotive city, questions are being raised about the fate of several other debt-crushed major US cities.

The federal judge overseeing Detroit's bankruptcy filing would hold a hearing Wednesday to determine whether a lawsuit by retired public employees can block it, according to the New York Times. The judge, Steven Rhodes of US Bankruptcy Court, agreed to the hearing requested by Detroit's emergency manager in response to a Michigan judge's ruling that the city's bankruptcy filing violated the state's Constitution because it could cut city workers' pensions.

The emergency manager, Kevyn D. Orr, had filed a motion asking that the city be protected from litigation as it proceeds with its historic bankruptcy filing, made last week.

At the heart of Detroit's problem is a growing unfunded debt on benefits owed to current and future retirees - some $3.5 billion,- which mirrors a circumstance being seen across the US, according to Orr, as cited by Detroit Free Press.

While many smaller cities have filed for bankruptcy, most notably California's Stockton and San Bernardino in 2012, no other city of Detroit's size appears to be on the cusp of imminent financial collapse, according to Fox News.

However, those bankruptcy filings together have resulted in speculation about whether more are on the horizon.

Other cities now on the radar include Cincinnati, Minneapolis, Portland, Oregon, and Santa Fe, New Mexico-following Moody's saying in April that they and 11 other municipalities were being reviewed for a possible credit downgrade, it said.

The situation is highlighted by a Pew Charitable Trusts Study of 61 major US cities that found they collectively had enough money to cover 74 percent of pension liabilities but only 6 percent of health care liabilities, Fox News said.

The total difference between what the cities owed to retired employees and what was covered equalled $217.2 billion, according to the report, "A Widening Gap in Cities," released in January.

(Arun Kumar can be contacted at arun.kumar@ians.in)

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Creditor opposes Detroit debt plan, says scrap it

Aug 13 2014 12:37am CDT | Source: Topix

New York-based Syncora Guarantee said in a court filing that the plan put together by state-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr and attorneys hired by the city is unfair, will be too costly to defend, an ...
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Business Highlights

Aug 12 2014 5:05pm CDT | Source: Canadian Business Online

___ Airport tests new way to avoid deadly bird strikes NEW YORK (AP) — When birds and planes collide, the results can be deadly. That’s why airports around the world work hard to keep birds away, even resorting to shooting or poisoning large flocks. One Ohio airport is now experimenting with a new, gentler way to avoid bird strikes: planting tall prairie grass. Heavy birds like geese — which cause the most damage to planes — are believed to avoid long grasses because t ...
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4 weeks ago

Control of Detroit water department placed in mayor’s hands after criticism of shutoffs

Jul 29 2014 2:06pm CDT | Source: Canadian Business Online

DETROIT – Control of Detroit’s massive municipal water department, which has been widely criticized by the United Nations and others for widespread service shutoffs to thousands of customers, has been returned to the mayor’s office. The move comes a week after the department said it would temporarily suspend shutoffs for customers who were 60 days or more behind on bills for 15 days, and a few months ahead of the expected handoff of financial control of ...
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Detroit retirees back pension cuts by a landslide

Jul 22 2014 4:47am CDT | Source: Topix

In a May 30, 2014 file photo, Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr speaks with reporters after addressing the Mackinac Policy Conference on Mack ...
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5 weeks ago

Detroit retirees endorse pension cuts in bankruptcy; city praises ‘positive decision’

Jul 22 2014 2:56am CDT | Source: Canadian Business Online

DETROIT – A year after filing for bankruptcy, Detroit is building momentum to get out, especially after workers and retirees voted in favour of major pension changes just a few weeks before a judge holds a crucial trial that could end the largest public filing in U.S. history. Pension cuts were approved in a landslide, according to results filed shortly before midnight Monday. The tally from 60 days of voting gives the city a boost as Judge Steven Rhodes determines whether Detroit’s overall s ...
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5 weeks ago

Recent upgrades to Detroit quality of life to affect decisions at upcoming bankruptcy trial

Jul 20 2014 10:49am CDT | Source: Canadian Business Online

DETROIT – Detroit neighbourhoods are being relit, its vacant homes are being sold off or torn down, its public transportation is cleaner and more often on schedule and the city has renegotiated some burdensome union contracts. In the little more than a year since state-appointed emergency manager Kevyn Orr made Detroit the largest U.S. city to seek bankruptcy protection, it has experienced a wide range of improvements that will factor into Judge S ...
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5 weeks ago

A Tale of Two Detroits: Divided by the Politics of Municipal Water

Jul 18 2014 8:24am CDT | Source: The Nonprofit Quarterly

National Nurses United declares the Detroit Water turnoffs a looming health disaster, but Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr wants to “tamp do ...
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