CHICAGO -- Detroit is ready to move ahead with a major part of its budget-balancing plan, thanks to the city council's enactment Wednesday of an 8% wage cut for the city's 2,700 nonunion workers, according to Mayor Coleman Young.

In a statement released late Wednesday, the mayor said the city can now continue negotiating with unions for wage concessions, which are a significant component of his plan to eliminate a two-year $248 million budget deficit.

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