- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 30, 2014

DETROIT (AP) - State officials have rejected a draft of a plan to cut more than $175 million of Wayne County’s debt.

The Detroit Free Press reports (https://on.freep.com/1rC5V9i ) the decision increases pressure on Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano to get unions and county officials to sign off on the strategy or face the prospect of a state-appointed emergency manager.

Michigan Treasury spokesman Terry Stanton said Tuesday that Wayne County has yet to get approval from the county commission, the county treasurer and unions - a requirement for state approval. The county has until the end of June to get support.

Officials from Ficano’s office say the plan would eliminate financial and structural deficiencies.

Ficano spokeswoman June West says the plan presented to the commission in February is still being used as a framework.

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