File this under things I’ve never heard of.
The state of Michigan has announced it plans to take over the city of Detroit due to massive cash flow and financial issues for the city. The city government has 10 days to appeal (which I am assuming they will do), but the state seems pressed to take over operations. In the event the state takes over they will put an emergency manager in place who has the authority to make drastic changes for the city to include voiding contracts with unions.
While the takeover isn’t official, it underlines the point that we all need to manage our finances.
Despite a comeback in the auto industry after the Great Recession the financial situation within Detroit has not improved. The city has issued new debt to cover its obligations, and we all know how swiping our credit card to pay for things we can’t afford works out.
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