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29

Jul

2014

Sandra Svoboda

Detroit insolvent prior to Chapter 9 filing

A new report finds that Detroit was not just broke but actually insolvent weeks before the city filed for bankruptcy last summer. Here’s what WDET’s Quinn Klinefelter reports: For many years Detroit officials were known for delaying the release of the city’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report – an audit of just how well it kept […]

29

Jul

2014

Sandra Svoboda

In Bridge: Detroit fire fighters and city change decades of promotions policies

The city of Detroit and the union that represents firefighters have reached a tentative agreement to overhaul the fire department’s 128-year-old promotional system that mayors have tried to overturn for nearly half a century. Writing for Bridge Magazine, a Detroit Journalism Cooperative partner, Bill McGraw explains how revolutionary the agreement is.

25

Jul

2014

Sandra Svoboda

On MiWeek: WDET’s Sandra Svoboda reviews voting results, feasibility report

On DPTV’s weekly news program, host Christy McDonald interviews Sandra Svoboda about the results of the pensioners’ voting, what the vote means, how a consultant’s feasibility report views the city’s restructuring efforts and what’s next in the historic bankruptcy case.

24

Jul

2014

Sandra Svoboda

On The Craig Fahle Show: The DJC looks at Mayor Duggan’s fundraising

As part of WDET’s partnership in the Detroit Journalism Cooperative, WDET’s Bankruptcy Reporter and Next Chapter Detroit Blogger Sandra Svoboda teamed up with Bridge Magazine’s Mike Wilkinson to look at Mayor Mike Duggan’s campaign finances. They look at his Super PAC from last year’s election, and discuss the other fundraising efforts he has underway. Theircollaborative reports are the first to document Duggan’s campaign finances and […]

24

Jul

2014

The Center for Michigan

In Bridge Magazine: Can Detroit pay its bills after bankruptcy?

Detroit is known by its most unwelcome attributes: It has one of the highest murder and violent crime rates in the country. And it currently is known as the most populous U.S. city to ever seek bankruptcy protection. Can it also enjoy the biggest recovery? In a comprehensive piece, Bridge’s Mike Wilkinson answers questions about the city’s recent past to get a hint at its future: Does the city generate enough money to fix what ails Detroit if billions in debt are cut? Are the city’s costs too high? Does it pay its workers too much? Are pensions too generous? Can the city endure a reduction in both spending and revenue and revive what is by most measures the most dysfunctional large city in America?

24

Jul

2014

Michigan Radio

On Michigan Radio: Gov. Snyder says pensioners’ vote means faster emergence from bankruptcy

Gov. Rick Snyder is praising Detroit pensioners for approving the city’s bankruptcy restructuring plan, saying “it was hard.” But Snyder admits the bankruptcy is far from a done deal. Other creditor groups are still opposed to the plan and are likely to fight it in court next month. That’s when the trial phase of the bankruptcy begins.

23

Jul

2014

Sandra Svoboda

They voted, now what? Looking forward to the bankruptcy trial

Now that pensioners have voted in favor of the city’s bankruptcy restructuring plan, attorneys will use the results in the case’s confirmation hearing. WDET’s Sandra Svoboda spoke with Wayne State Law Professor Laura Bartell about what the balloting means and what the next steps are in the historical case.

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Next Chapter Detroit is a place to explore and understand the city’s bankruptcy, its impact on people and neighborhoods and its long-term implications. Powered by coverage and conversations from the media outlets of the Detroit Journalism Cooperative, the site provides fact-based reporting from trusted sources and opportunities for citizen engagement.

WDET’s Sandra Svoboda is your site guide. A veteran Detroit journalist and 24-year area resident, she’ll share stories, add insight and ask questions to help decode the bankruptcy process and the city’s restructuring.

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