Detroit councilwoman to Obama: We voted for you, now bail us out - New York News

Detroit councilwoman to Obama: We voted for you, now bail us out

Posted: Updated:
  • Detroit councilwoman to Obama: We voted for you, now bail us outMore>>

  • President Obama to push tax proposals in Detroit

    President Obama to push tax proposals in Detroit

    Wednesday, December 5 2012 1:21 PM EST2012-12-05 18:21:08 GMT
    An administration official says President Barack Obama will travel to Detroit Monday to push his proposal for raising tax rates on wealthier Americans
    An administration official says President Barack Obama will travel to Detroit Monday to push his proposal for raising tax rates on wealthier Americans.
  • Detroit council to consider pension budget amendment

    Detroit council to consider pension budget amendment

    Tuesday, December 4 2012 6:38 PM EST2012-12-04 23:38:16 GMT
    Detroit's top money experts, the budget and finance directors, asked the city council on Tuesday to help put a bandage on a bleeding pension fund that they discovered was under funded.
    Detroit's top money experts, the budget and finance directors, asked the city council on Tuesday to help put a bandage on a bleeding pension fund that they discovered was under funded.  It's the latest chapter in Detroit's own fiscal cliff.

By FOX 2 News Staff

DETROIT (WJBK) -- The city of Detroit faces a major financial crisis and one member of city council thinks President Barack Obama should step in and help.

City Council member JoAnn Watson said Tuesday the citizens support of Obama in last month's election was enough reason for the president to bailout the struggling the city. (Click the video player to listen)

"Our people in an overwhelming way supported the re-election of this president and there ought to be a quid pro quo and you ought to exercise leadership on that," said Watson. "Of course, not just that, but why not?"

Nearly 75 percent of Wayne County voters pulled the lever for Obama in November.

"After the election of Jimmy Carter, the honorable Coleman Alexander Young, he went to Washington, D.C. He came home with some bacon," said Watson. "That's what you do."

Young served as Detroit's mayor for 20 years and served as vice chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 1977 to 1981.

The White House has expressed no plans to bailout the cash-crunched city that some experts say could run out of money by the end of the year.

The  federal government has bailed out cities in the past, however. In 1975, President Gerald Ford extended more than $2 billion in credit to New York City to help it avoid a financial collapse.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Man struck and killed by NYC subway train

    Man struck and killed by NYC subway train

    Saturday, April 19 2014 3:19 PM EDT2014-04-19 19:19:38 GMT
    A man in his 60s was killed by an oncoming train in midtown Manhattan after jumping on the tracks to grab his personal belongings that fell.
    A man in his 60s was killed by an oncoming train in midtown Manhattan after jumping on the tracks to grab his personal belongings that fell.
  • Woman in custody in NYC stroller snatch attempt

    Woman in custody in NYC stroller snatch attempt

    Saturday, April 19 2014 2:55 PM EDT2014-04-19 18:55:51 GMT
    Police say an 8-month-old baby was nearly snatched by a stranger while being pushed down a Manhattan street in his stroller, but a bystander intervened to foil the abduction attempt.
    Police say an 8-month-old baby was nearly snatched by a stranger while being pushed down a Manhattan street in his stroller, but a bystander intervened to foil the abduction attempt.
  • Family of teen shot and killed by police sues NYC

    Family of teen shot and killed by police sues NYC

    The family of a 16-year-old Brooklyn boy whose fatal shooting by police last year sparked days of protests has filed a federal wrongful death lawsuit against New York City.
    The family of a 16-year-old Brooklyn boy whose fatal shooting by police last year sparked days of protests has filed a federal wrongful death lawsuit against New York City.
Powered by WorldNow
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