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Crossing the Lines: Hamtramck's Financial Emergency

April 28, 2014

By J. Carlisle Larsen


Photo Credit | J. Carlisle Larsen


“Hamtramck actually asked for an Emergency Manager. They wanted them to come in and renegotiate those contracts and bring the health care costs in line…”

—Cathy Square, Hamtramck Emergency Manager


WDET's Crossing the Lines is an ongoing series of stories that provides an exploration of what unites us and divides us as people and as a region. This week, we take a look at Hamtramck. In recent months, Detroit's bankruptcy has dominated the region's news. But it's not the only municipality in financial trouble. Hamtramck had a deficit of about two million dollars last year, and had stopped paying into its pension account. Emergency Manager Cathy Square was appointed last summer to stop the city's financial emergency. She spoke with WDET's J. Carlisle Larsen about the city's path back to fiscal solvency.


To listen to this conversation, click on the audio player above.


Photo Credit | J. Carlisle Larsen