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Detroit council OKs key contract required by state

DETROIT (AP) -- The Detroit City Council has approved a $300,000 contract and other measures required under the city's financial reform program with the state.

The Miller Canfield law firm contract was approved 5-4 Tuesday.

Mayor Dave Bing and the state warned that without the contract and other measures the city wouldn't get millions of dollars in much-needed funds.

Bing thanked council for the approval.

Detroit is deep in debt and has a budget deficit of more than $200 million. A consent agreement between Detroit and the state last year allowed the city to avoid the appointment of an emergency manager, but some say the city is moving too slowly.

Detroit's Financial Advisory Board on Monday endorsed state Treasurer Andy Dillon's move to begin a 30-day review that could lead to a state takeover.