Governor Snyder May Ask Legislature To Help Detroit Save Art, Aid Pensioners

CBS Detroit

DAVID EGGERT, Associated Press

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder met with Michigan lawmakers Thursday to discuss the possibility of contributing state money to shore up Detroit’s pension plans and prevent the sale of city-owned art, days after foundations committed $330 million to the effort.

The Republican governor spoke with the senators behind closed doors and may soon ask the GOP-controlled Legislature to match the foundations’ contribution over a number of years, possibly in his February budget proposal but not during his State of the State speech Thursday night. Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville confirmed the talks about state involvement but said no final plan or request has been made to legislators, nor have they made any commitments.

He said he was “cautiously optimistic,” however, that a solution “will come forth sometime in the near future.”

“Detroit is hugely important to everybody in this state,” Richardville said.

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