Detroit's broke; could bankruptcy lie ahead?

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

The first report by Detroit's emergency manager declares that the city is broke and at risk of running completely out of money - a financial meltdown that could mean no paychecks for workers, no pension benefits and even deeper cuts in services.

If the city cannot avert disaster, the only remaining option appears to be bankruptcy, a threat that looms large over Kevyn Orr's urgent efforts to make deals with creditors and debt holders.

The 41-page report was filed with the state Treasurer's office Monday and shows a city flirting with insolvency.

Detroit area turnaround expert James McTevia says Orr may choose to go before a bankruptcy judge "when he gets his back against the wall and he can't meet payroll and he has to have court protection."


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