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Detroit's Water Woes: A Payment Plan is Not an Affordability Plan

September 02, 2014

Will Mayor Mike Duggan’s 10-point plan to help Detroit residents pay their water bills work?

The answer for that is yes. And no.

There is no doubt it will indeed work for many...

Democracy Watch: Contracts and the Constitution in Pontiac

A Pontiac lawsuit that could have far-reaching implications throughout Michigan was heard by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Cincinnati.

The case was brought by city...


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Democracy Watch: Detroit’s Big Maybe

What can be said with absolute certainty about the so-called plan of adjustment Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr released last week?

Almost nothing.

It is a plan built...

Democracy Watch: Detroit’s Bankruptcy and Barn Doors

There’s an old adage that alludes to the futility of shutting barn doors once the horses have fled.  With that bit of folk wisdom in mind, it’s worth pointing out that there is a certain runaway...


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