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Pugh: Safety Layoffs Must Be On The Table

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing wants police and fire unions to take the same 10 percent pay cut that other city unions accepted. Without those concessions, and other measures, Bing says Detroit will run out of money before the fiscal year ends next summer. He says the city faces a $45 million shortfall without cuts and privatization of some services, such as public lighting. Bing also says the state owes Detroit $220 million in revenue sharing funds, and he will ask the governor and the legislature to pay that money to the city. WDET's Pat Batcheller asked Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh whether it's realistic for the city to expect that money from the state. Click on the audio link above to hear Pugh's response, and other comments on the mayor's speech.