'It's a Sad Day': Detroit Gets Emergency Manager
Kevyn Orr thinks he can turn city around in 6 months
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 14, 2013 2:59 PM CDT
This undated photo provided by Jones Day shows attorney Kevyn Orr.   (AP Photo/Courtesy Jones Day)

(Newser) – A DC bankruptcy lawyer now has more say over Detroit's future than its mayor or city council. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder today named Kevyn Orr as the city's emergency manager, following up on his unprecedented move to put the city's finances under state control, reports the Detroit Free Press. “In many respects, it’s a sad day,” said the governor, reports the New York Times. "But again I like to say it's an opportunity."

Orr, a University of Michigan grad who worked on Chrysler's 2009 restructuring, tells the Wall Street Journal that he thinks the turnaround can be done in six months.That might be a tall task considering Detroit's $327 million budget deficit and $14 billion long-term debt, but Orr will have the authority to renegotiate labor contracts, sell city assets, suspend salaries, and generally impose his will on the budget, reports AP. "We can rise from the ashes," says Orr. The state will pay him $275,000 for the job.

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Mar 15, 2013 1:45 PM CDT
Just as Latinos show interest in immigration policy, because they really only care about their immigration; Righties laud this unabashed tyranny, because Republicans are in charge. One can only imagine the whining and squealing if Democrats were appointing dictators in America.
Mar 15, 2013 9:48 AM CDT
Detroit, a Cesspool of Democrats and Union thugs., NOW UNDER REPUBLICAN CONTROL, ,I LOVE IT!!!! You Progressive Liberals Ruin everything you touch,, Now it is Up to Republicans to FIX YOUR MESS AGAIN!!! BTW did Ex mayor Kilpatrick report to Prison yet, he and his girlfriends and his father and his Mother all stole the city blind and you idiots still voted for him!! It must be a black thang I wouldn't understand!!! ROFLMAO!!!
Mar 15, 2013 12:38 AM CDT
Good thing Obama and lib buddies stepped in and saved the American auto industry. Can I hear a YEA for all those hybreds no one is buying.