MICHIGAN

Eyes on Orr

Orr takes EM job under close scrutiny.

March 18, 2013, 5:45 a.m.

De­troit emer­gency man­ager Kevyn Orr, re­cently ap­poin­ted by Gov. Rick Snyder (R), isn’t rul­ing out bank­ruptcy for the state’s largest city. Orr: “The one thing every­one needs to know: If you go in­to bank­ruptcy, Chapter 9 of the bank­ruptcy code is weighted to­ward the mu­ni­cip­al­ity. I don’t want to pull that cudgel out un­less I have to. I prefer to pur­sue a con­sen­su­al res­ol­u­tion.” (De­troit Free Press)

Orr said he will make pub­lic safety a top pri­or­ity. Orr: “I really am con­cerned about mak­ing sure the cit­izens feel like there’s been a net be­ne­fit to them in terms of city op­er­a­tions.” (De­troit News)

Orr’s MD home had four li­ens total­ing more than $32K in un­paid taxes. Orr paid off the debt Sat­urday. Orr: “Any­one who thinks I’m a tax cheat, by no stretch of the ima­gin­a­tion could they even ima­gine how much tax I pay each year. … Whatever it was, I paid it. I meant to fol­low up and in­quire, and shame on me for not hav­ing done that.”

Dem con­sult­ant Joe DiS­ano: “Whatever mor­al high ground they had has been com­pletely un­der­cut by Kevyn Orr’s tax dodging.” (De­troit News)

De­troit News‘s Fin­ley writes: “Orr ar­rives in De­troit as per­haps the most com­pet­ent per­son ever to walk through the doors of City Hall. … I’m im­pressed by Orr’s con­fid­ence, in­tel­lect and af­fabil­ity. He comes off as a guy eager to get to work. … So while there are lost of reas­ons this new be­gin­ning won’t work any bet­ter than the pre­vi­ous ones, it just might.”

MI Dem Chair Lon John­son, on chal­len­ging Snyder: “We’ve got ter­rif­ic, ter­rif­ic people in our party that are con­sid­er­ing this, from both elec­ted and non-elec­ted po­s­i­tions. … The num­bers show that this man, this gov­ernor, can be beat. Name a con­stitu­ency that hasn’t paid a price for this gov­ernor’s in­ab­il­ity to cre­ate con­sensus.”

MI GOP spokes­per­son Matt Frendewey: “Nobody can say Michigan isn’t bet­ter off than it was four of five years ago or even three years ago.” (AP)

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