Michigan Tosses Detroit a $195M Life Raft

But pensioners still need to sign off on 'grand bargain'

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 20, 2014 9:17 AM CDT

(Newser) – Michigan Governor Rick Snyder will today sign a bill giving Detroit $194.5 million as part of a "grand bargain" designed to lift the city out of bankruptcy, the Free Press reports. That money, combined with $370 million from charitable foundations and $100 million from the Detroit Institute of Arts, should help the city restructure its debt and get out of bankruptcy, while protecting some benefits for pensioners and the Institute's collection.

Snyder will sign the bill at the Globe Trading Co. building, a long-abandoned factory that's slated to be converted into a recreation center. "The Globe building is a great representation of the comeback of Detroit," Snyder said. But it's too soon to pop the champagne, Daniel Howes at the Detroit News cautions, because pensioners still need to sign off on the deal, and that's "no sure thing, no matter how strongly the state's powerbrokers want it to be." Retirees have until July 11 to vote on the matter; if they vote against the plan, all the money goes away.

An interior view of the Globe Trading Co. building in Detroit, where Governor Rick Snyder will sign the relief bill today.   (Flickr/Memories by Mike)
In a June 9, 2014 file photo, Gerald Rosen, Chief US District judge holds up a note as he speaks in front of part of Diego Rivera's Detroit Industry mural at the Detroit Institute of Arts in Detroit.   (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, FILE)
Kevyn Orr, Detroit Emergency Manager, Eugene Gargaro Jr., Detroit Institute Of Arts chairman, and Gerald Rosen, chief US district judge, attend a news conference at the institute, June 9, 2014.   (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, FILE)
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