Gov with a Big Sell on his Hands
Governor Snyder will continue the effort today to 'sell' a plan to lawmakers to help Detroit honor some of its obligations. But even before the governor finished his comments, critics were stepping forward claiming the plan will set a dangerous precedent.
Snyder, flanked by key Republican leaders, announced Wednesday a proposal to pump 350 million of tobacco settlement dollars into the city over the next twenty years to help shore up the pension fund and protect the city's prized art collection. It would be a near match to money being donated to the cause.
It could be a tough sell to those who view the funds as a bailout. The governor, though, repeatedly said it was not, but rather an effort to make sure commitments made to workers are kept.