Interest from Above: Yooper legislator authors one of the Detroit bills

Interest from Above: Yooper legislator authors one of the Detroit bills

Among the sponsors of the 10 bills introduced in Lansing last week related to Detroit’s financing and restructuring was one introduced by the Upper Peninsula’s only representative, John Kivela (D-Marquette).

He spoke with the Marquette Mining-Journal about being the only Democrat from outside Detroit to author any of the measures:

Kivela said he felt the bills would benefit the entire state by ensuring a city that is often seen as the flagship for Michigan recovers from a devastating financial crisis. “I work hard for my district. I work hard for the U.P.,” Kivela said. “At some point, we have to be statesmen also. That’s part of the job. I have to look out for the good of the state. This is good for the state of Michigan.”

Kivela’s bill, House Bill 5567, would require Detroit to hire a Chief Financial Officer to manage day-to-day operations.

The House Committee on Detroit’s Recovery and Michigan’s future is scheduled to hear testimony on the bills on Tuesday.