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.