Council President: ‘I’m on a hunger strike!’

Council President: ‘I’m on a hunger strike!’

  Council President Charles Pugh has stopped eating – and you can watch it live. “I’m on a hunger strike!” he declared on his Facebook page this afternoon. The city’s first openly gay councilman is joining others statewide on a one-day hunger strike to call attention to the inequalities facing gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transexuals. […]

Thief causes power outage, traffic problems, headaches; city struggles with lighting

Thief causes power outage, traffic problems, headaches; city struggles with lighting

A lone thief triggered a power outage in Detroit that darkened dozens of traffic lights, lofts and office buildings and parts of Wayne State University this weekend, the Motor City Muckraker has found. The theft occurred at a power station at the beleaguered Detroit Lighting Department, police said, provoking the third major city power outage in […]

Pugh raises cash from builders, developers for a campaign that doesn’t exist

Pugh raises cash from builders, developers for a campaign that doesn’t exist

Detroit City Council President Charles Pugh has said repeatedly he is not running for reelection. But that didn’t stop him from holding at least two fundraisers last year with builders and developers who do business with the city, according to campaign finance reports, some of which only became available recently because of tardy filings. At […]

More taxes, fees? Detroiters pay fortune for abysmal services; council mulls another tax hike

More taxes, fees? Detroiters pay fortune for abysmal services; council mulls another tax hike

It’s not easy being a taxpayer in Detroit. Property taxes are disproportionately high, yet city services are abysmal. The income tax rate is the highest in the state, but an obscenely high portion of the money is spent paying back debts from years past. And today, as the city and its suburban communities decide at the ballot […]

Tax hike in Detroit? Council considers plan to put police protection on ballot

Tax hike in Detroit? Council considers plan to put police protection on ballot

Detroit City Council declined to vote on whether residents should have the opportunity to vote on raising taxes to put more cops on the streets, saying the police department needs to provide a more thorough plan. Council members said they want to ensure the roughly $56 millon that would be raised from a tax hike […]