Detroit City Council appeals Governor Snyder's financial emergency decision

(WXYZ) - Members of Detroit City Council have appealed Governor Rick Snyder's decision that the city is in a financial emergency and that no plan is in place to fix the city's cash problems.

Council members attempted to persuade Governor Snyder that the city does not need an emergency manager.

The appeal was held before Chief Deputy Treasurer Mary MacDowell, with council members Charles Pugh, Kenneth Cockrel, Andre Spivey and James Tate in attendance.

Representatives for council argued that the consent agreement is in place and is working. However, a representative for the state argued that progress is not being made.

MacDowell has given no timetable for a decision on the appeal.

If council fails in the appeal, a final decision on an emergency financial manager will be handed down in just a few days.

During an appearance on 7 Action News this Morning on Tuesday, City Council President Charles Pugh says there is a plan in place. He says the plan is "in process."

Pugh says that means they have several things in place, including contracts that were just passed by City Council. He says these are the types of things an emergency manager would be doing, if that person is appointed. 

Pugh is not ruling out working with an emergency manager, if one is appointed. He says he wants what's best for Detroit, but feels that an EFM is a "premature decision" and he will cross that bridge "when we come to it."

YOU CAN WATCH THE FULL INTERVIEW WITH CHARLES PUGH IN THE VIDEO PLAYER AT THE TOP OF THE SCREEN

Meanwhile, the Detroit Free Press is reporting Attorney Kevyn Orr is the governor's top pick for a possible EFM. Orr is a graduate of both the University of Michigan and the University of Michigan Law School, as well as a business restructuring specialist and a partner at the prestigious Washington DC based Jones Day law firm.

The governor's spokesperson refused to comment on what she calls "rampant speculation."

Former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney has also been rumored as a candidate.

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