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Governor cheers ruling dismissing bankruptcy lawsuits


Governor Rick Snyder cheered the news that three lawsuits trying to block the Detroit bankruptcy filing have been dismissed.

Instead, U.S. bankruptcy judge Steven Rhodes says he will decide whether those issues will
play a part in the process.

Governor Snyder says that will make the process a lot simpler for everyone involved.

"One of the benefits of the bankruptcy process is you can, hopefully, consolidate all these lawsuits into one place in a much more organized, thoughtful fashion," he says.

Detroit employees, retirees, and city pension funds all filed lawsuits saying the governor should not have authorized the bankruptcy filing. They say he is bound by protections in the Michigan Constitution for public employee pension benefits.

Rick Pluta is Senior Capitol Correspondent for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He has been covering Michigan’s Capitol, government, and politics since 1987.