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Chamber Applauds Michigan House of Representatives for Bipartisan Support of Detroit Bankruptcy Legislation

The Michigan House of Representatives approved a package of eleven bills today that will provide $194.8 million in aid for Detroit, mitigating cuts to city employee pensions and protecting art at the Detroit Institute of Arts. This vote was not only a strong sign of bipartisanship, but also a critical piece in helping the state’s largest city emerge from bankruptcy. With the legislation now headed to the state Senate, Detroit is one step closer to emerging as a stronger, leaner and more sustainable city, positioned to thrive in the global market.

In addition to Detroit Regional Chamber President and CEO Sandy Baruah testifying in Lansing on behalf of the legislation, the Chamber’s government relations team continued to be one of the most active and impactful voices on this issue, providing information to legislators and building grassroots support through our VoterVoice campaign.

Today’s vote brings crucial momentum to the Michigan Senate, where the Chamber will continue to be a strong advocate for the legislation. This is a defining moment for a city and region with a storied legacy of overcoming great obstacles, and presents the opportunity to position Detroit and Michigan for robust growth and success in the 21st century global economy.