State Representative Brian Banks (D-Harper Woods) released a statement today in response to Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan’s first State of the City address. The address focused on a team approach to Detroit’s recovery, including collaborative efforts between Detroit city officials and legislators in Lansing and Washington, D.C.

“As a lawmaker, I understand that the recovery of Detroit is vital for the economic survival of the entire state. If we want Michigan to succeed, we need to work together to see that Detroit succeeds,” Banks said. “Taking care of Detroit residents by increasing city services and tackling blight are the first steps in doing this. I am glad the mayor agrees with me and is promising to fight the problems that have been plaguing our city.”

Mayor Duggan’s plan highlighted increases in city services and blight removal, including: an increase in Detroit’s bus fleet for better public transportation; a 50 percent goal of LED lighting installation throughout the city; improvements to the city’s education system for increased matriculation; and the use of $16 million in fire escrow funds to demolish burned out buildings.

“I will continue my work to make Detroit safer by cleaning up its streets, and I promise to keep fighting for better city services,” said Banks. “Mayor Duggan’s address has left me hopeful that I will be supported in these efforts, and I am looking forward to Detroit’s comeback.”