The Craig Fahle Show

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan From The Mackinac Policy Conference

Friday, May 30, 2014

Craig speaks with Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan at the Mackinac Policy Conference.

Craig and Duggan recap some of the important things Duggan discussed during his keynote address at the conference.

Duggan is working on expanding the bus fleet in Detroit, speeding up the schedule, and hopefully giving Detroit residents an opportunity to count on public transit for the first time in years. He tells Craig that ideally, Detroit should have at least 225 buses, and since Duggan’s come into office, the number of buses has gone from 143 to 201. While Duggan hasn't focused his energy on the regional transit system just yet, he’s hoping that will be part of the larger plan in the near future.

Duggan also called on local businesses to provide jobs to Detroit teens. He tells Craig that between 60 and 70 companies have already signed up to hire young people next summer. Duggan says it’s not enough that there is business expansion happening for adults in Detroit. “When you’re 16 or 17 you don’t see a path to many of those jobs so I want to provide jobs for them too,” he tells Craig.

As for the “Grand Bargain” and bankruptcy proceedings, Duggan tells Craig that he has a “good working relationship” with Detroit EM Kevyn Orr, and is expecting a smooth transition come October. Duggan supports the state bills for Detroit funding and says it has been a great example of bipartisan support and cooperation.

Duggan plans on solving the Water Department problem, and tells Craig he’s already spent a good deal of time speaking with officials, including Oakland County Executive L Brooks Patterson, to give suburban concerns a voice. However, he also wants to keep Detroiter’s priorities in mind.

--Annamarie Sysling