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MOTOR CITY MELTDOWN:Detroit Unions May Be in Crosshairs in Fiscal Crisis
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Michigan lawmakers tired of failed efforts to save Detroit from its long, slow decline are poised to appoint an emergency manager who will assume control of virtually all aspects of city government. And union contracts could be in the crosshairs. 

The contracts, and their benefits, have contributed to nearly $15 billion in unfunded liabilities for the city an attractive target for any manager looking to cut costs and shift money to much-needed government services such as law enforcement and trash pickup.

Republican Gov. Rick Snyder made the decision to appoint the manager Friday, after agreeing with a state review board that concluded Detroit was in a state of financial emergency with no satisfactory solution.

"Chronic budget problems have taken a significant toll on everyday life for citizens," Snyder said. "Detroiters deserve to feel safe when they walk down the street, to have their street lights on, to have the bus show up to take them to work."  

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