Gov. Rick Snyder (Carlos Osorio / AP)
Novi ó Ahead of Gov. Rick Snyderís scheduled appearance Monday at Detroitís bankruptcy eligibility trial, the governor on Friday said he hasnít been frustrated by recent court developments.
"I wouldn't call it frustrated, I would view it as part of the process," Snyder told reporters following a summit on cyber technology in Novi on Friday.
Snyder said the reactions so far over Detroit's historic bankruptcy trial this week were to be expected.
The city's bankruptcy trial, which has lasted the past three days, has garnered national attention and widespread protest among those who say the city does not have legal authority to file for the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.
Hundreds of protesters of the bankruptcy filing rallied outside of the federal courthouse Wednesday on the first day of the trial. Among their gripes is the concern over whether the city will pay retirees their pensions or choose to repay its massive debt to the banks.
Snyder said Friday the city's problems stem from 60 years of dysfunction.
"We shouldn't be dwelling on the issue right now, let's solve those 60 years of problems so we can grow the city and get better services to the citizens," Snyder said.
Earlier this week, the state Attorney Generalís Office chose not to block Snyder from testifying during the Detroit bankruptcy eligibility trial.
The state will make Snyder available for several hours Monday. Treasurer Andy Dillon and Snyder aide Richard Baird will testify Tuesday, according to state lawyer Matthew Schneider.
Snyder appeared Friday on the bankruptcy following the Michigan Cyber Summit, where he announced the Cyber Civilian Corp, a team of individuals who would assist the state and industries across Michigan during a major cyber incident.