Detroit filed for bankruptcy last Thursday, and tough decisions for the city’s leaders are likely just beginning.

To reduce the city’s $19 billion debt, bankruptcy could lead to cutting pensions for 20,000 employees, a step that has been challenged by city unions as a violation of Michigan’s state Constitution. A lawsuit against the city is pending.

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), who grew up in Detroit, weighed in on the city’s situation on SiriusXM Progress.

“When the corporate leaders from Detroit needed help, we came to their aid. But now the people in the city need help, and I’m hoping that the country will do the same thing,” Ellison said, adding that cutting pensions would lead to increased reliance on government assistance.

Listen to Ellison’s conversation with Ari Rabin-Havt on The Agenda to hear more about the challenges facing Detroit.

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