Snyder on Detroit bankruptcy: We're going to get through this - Boston News, Weather, Sports | FOX 25 | MyFoxBoston

Snyder on Detroit bankruptcy: We're going to get through this

Posted: Updated:
(WJBK) -

As Governor, Rick Snyder makes thousands of decision each year but there's none bigger than Detroit's bankruptcy filing. It wasn't a decision he took lightly and, in an exclusive interview with Fox 2's Tim Skubick, the governor reveals for the first time he was concerned about the possibility of civil unrest.

VIDEO: Click on the video player above to watch portions of the interview with Tim Skubick or read the story below
___________________

"It's a historic event that I wish we never got to but we're going to get through this,"

A relaxed and reflective Gov. Rick Snyder will either go down in history as the man who saved Detroit or the man who made the problem worse.

"I hope people view it as a solution - not a new problem," he says.

As the Governor often says, as Detroit goes so goes the entire state. So his decision was not taken lightly to propel Motown into Chapter Nine.

He agrees that was his toughest decision this year.

Fox 2's Tim Skubick asks, "During that decision-making process, did you ever say to yourself, 'I just can't do this'?

"No," Snyder replies. "Because, again, I didn't do it lightly, and, again, I tried to avoid doing it. You saw that for two years ahead of time. But again, part of the commitment I made to the people of Michigan - that includes the people of Detroit - is we can't let those problems keep going."

It was a gutsy move that could have backfired and produce a greater challenge - civil unrest.

Skubick asks, "Did you ever consider that pulling the bankruptcy trigger could trigger civil unrest?"

"I did. And that was a concern. It's still a concern," he admits.  

Skubick asks why.

"Well, because, it's a very dramatic action. But the way I really look at it is this was the right thing to do and I really appreciate the support from a lot of citizens in Detroit," he answers.

With mayor-elect Mike Duggan regaining some authority to run the city, does the Governor believe now that that diminishes the public criticism that he took democracy away from the city?

"I've never viewed it as a lack of democracy. I'm an elected officials that is responsible to the citizens," he says.

Skubick asks, "If the Detroit City Council loses authority isn't that a loss of democracy?"

"To some degree but, again, they still have an elected official that is responsible," Snyder says.

Suffice it to say as this bankruptcy saga unfolds not everybody will agree with the Governor on that.

  • Download the FOX 2 Apps


  • FOX 2 News Five-Day Forecast
  • PoliticalMore>>

  • Asia seeks Obama's assurance in territorial spats

    Asia seeks Obama's assurance in territorial spats

    Saturday, April 19 2014 8:51 AM EDT2014-04-19 12:51:53 GMT
    As President Barack Obama travels through Asia this coming week, he will find a region that's warily watching the crisis in Ukraine through the prism of its own territorial tensions with China.
    As President Barack Obama travels through Asia this coming week, he will confront a region that's warily watching the crisis in Ukraine through the prism of its own territorial tensions with China.
  • Shedding light on Clinton's health overhaul flop

    Shedding light on Clinton's health overhaul flop

    Saturday, April 19 2014 8:31 AM EDT2014-04-19 12:31:48 GMT
    Thousands of pages of documents from President Bill Clinton's White House affirm a longtime adage: The more things change, the more they stay the same.
    Thousands of pages of documents from President Bill Clinton's White House affirm a longtime adage: The more things change, the more they stay the same.
  • Obama: Easter a time to reflect on hope, renewal

    Obama: Easter a time to reflect on hope, renewal

    Saturday, April 19 2014 6:11 AM EDT2014-04-19 10:11:51 GMT
    President Barack Obama is encouraging Americans to draw strength and inspiration from the Easter and Passover holidays.
    President Barack Obama is encouraging Americans to draw strength and inspiration from the Easter and Passover holidays.
Powered by WorldNow

25 FOX Drive
Dedham, MA 02026

Phone (781) 467-2525

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices