|By Rochelle Riley, Detroit Free Press|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
There, he and Mayor
"We talked about the need for improvements and the need to revamp some infrastructure," Bolger said about the hour-long chat. "Let me say I expressed an interest in and openness to onetime things, things the state could do to provide a shot in the arm."
Neither would detail projects. But Bolger pledged to support a better scrap-metal bill and spending tax dollars to shore up city pensions and help the
But it wasn't what they talked about that was most important. It was that they talked and plan to continue.
When constituents grade Duggan on his first year, heck his first 100 days, he'll earn high marks for ambition, work ethic and ideas. But his highest marks may be for building relationships.
None is more important than his with Orr, the
The Bolger meeting followed Duggan's wife,
That he cohosted the gathering with
"The fact is he's been in executive positions before and had to work with
"It was an intimate discussion with legislators who are going to have to, in some cases, push the legislation or support the legislation that might be required to run the
That credibility in
But the best thing about Duggan's relationship-building is that when he rolls into
They'll know exactly what he wants.
And they'll know he's not alone.
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