Lawmakers delay initial vote on Detroit bankruptcy

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan lawmakers are waiting a day to hold an initial vote on giving $195 million in state money to help Detroit emerge from bankruptcy while keeping the city under state oversight for decades.

The Republican chairman of a House committee plans to vote on the 11-bill package Wednesday to allow more time to review a number of changes being made. City unions oppose provisions in the legislation that aren't part of a deal brokered with bankruptcy mediators.

The legislation commits $194.8 million to help prevent steeper cuts to retiree pensions and the sale of pieces at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Foundations and the museum have pledged hundreds of millions of dollars, too.

Gov. Rick Snyder says he wants the bills on his desk in June.