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Detroit's New Mayor Visits Lansing

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DETROIT, Mich. (WLNS) - Detroit Mayor-Elect Mike Duggan made an unannounced visit to Lansing Tuesday to begin building bridges with lawmakers, while also trying to convince the governor to let him speed up the recovery process in the city.



Mayor Duggan is no stranger to the state capitol. As the CEO of the Detroit Medical Center, he worked with lawmakers when Wayne County government built the airport, he was in the trenches and now he's back.




Around 8:45, Detroit lawmakers, many of whom supported Duggan's opponent, went into a closed door meeting. Ten of the 15 delegation members showed up.


Everywhere he went, he was shaking hands.




Duggan had no entourage and drove with a friend to the captiol. He had lunch with the governor's chief of staff, was slated to meet with the Senate GOP and democratic leaders and he was not in town with his hand out for money.



"I don't have any plans on that at all right now," said Duggan regarding state aid. "There is no sense doing that until we see what comes out of bankruptcy."

He's still talking to the emergency manager and is making the case that he can turnaorund Detroit faster than Kevyn Orr.

"Whatever authority I have to run the city, deends on my ability to prersuade the governor and the emergency manager that I can impact the quallity of life faster that's what being improved now and that's the case I'm trying to make and will they buy it, we'll see," said Duggan.

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