Auto insurance and business growth were topics of discussion during the State of the City of Duggan
DETROIT (WXYZ) – Hundreds of people were in attendance Tuesday for Mayor Mike Duggan’s state of the city address at Flex’n’Gate, east Detroit.
The mayor has focused on several key issues, including public safety, auto insurance and business growth over the past year. Duggan told those in attendance that the city is making progress and is on the right track with strong growth expected over the next year.
Duggan spoke about issues that matter to the Detroiters. Problems such as fair housing, education, jobs, the elimination of the plague and marijuana in Detroit. However, he really focused on three key issues: auto insurance, public safety, and business growth.
“While they can’t fix the damn roads, they have sat down and taken out auto insurance and passed Senate Bill 1,” Duggan said Tuesday night. “It won’t take effect until July 2, and more rate cuts will come within a year.”
Duggan supporters applauded the effort.
“I think things are happening,” Finn Formika said of the mayor’s car insurance plan. “The D is doing what he has to do, and a lot of people here are supporting him and supporting him.”
Business owners say seeing so much growth in business terms is also positive.
“When Al Bartells Red Door women’s shoes opened last Sunday, it was the 16th new business to open since 2019,” Duggan said. “Fifteen of them are black-owned businesses. This is what we are trying to build. “
“The more the merrier,” added Nikki Neuzil, owner of the company. “We definitely need a lot more retail and small business options in the city of Detroit, so this shows great promise.”
The mayor says the state of the city is positive. The city has a head start. He says the work still needs to be done, but the people of Detroit should know the best is yet to come.
“I have no doubts that together we can be the mayor and council that will bring the city of Detroit back to life after 55 years of broken promises. God bless you and good evening,” said Mayor Duggan as he left the stage.
The mayor also said the DPD will add 400 police officers and starting salaries will also increase. Overall, Mayor Duggan says the city of Detroit is on the right track to move forward.