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Flint's emergency manager wants to get mayor and city council more involved in budget and transition

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Flint’s emergency manager says it’s time to begin the transition back to local, elected control.

Flint’s been under a state-appointed manager since December 2011.

Mike Brown is starting his second stint as Flint’s emergency manager. He says the tough decisions have been made, and Flint is on a path to solvency. Brown says now it's time to involve the mayor and city council more in budget decisions.

“I have been sitting down with council and the mayor since I came back on to really talk about that process,” says Brown.

State officials would have to approve the appointment of a transition board, which could see Flint out of state receivership. Flint is still dealing with a multimillion-dollar deficit and hundreds of millions of dollars in unfunded liabilities, for things like employee pensions and health care.

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