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Mr. Orr Goes To Lansing. Will He Return Empty-handed?

April 30, 2014

By Pat Batcheller


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A key part of Detroit’s plan to emerge from bankruptcy is an $800 million fund to boost pensions for retired workers and protect city-owned art at the DIA from being sold to pay creditors. Non-profits and private donors have pledged about half of that amount. $350 million is supposed to come from Lansing. To get that money, Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr will have to persuade state lawmakers to approve it. Orr traveled to Lansing Tuesday and Wednesday to meet with lawmakers and Governor Snyder. WDET's Pat Batcheller asked Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta whether Orr made any progress. Click on the audio link above to hear the conversation.