Skip to comments.Detroit bailout comes at expense of statewide taxpayers
Posted on 01/30/2014 6:41:50 AM PST by MichCapCon
At a press conference Wednesday, Gov. Rick Snyder explained why he wants to give $350 million in state money which he insists is not a bailout to Detroit.
Details are lacking, but Gov. Snyder says he wants an "investment" from state tobacco revenue settlement funds to match a generous offer of support from private foundations. He says this would protect Detroit pensioners and the Detroit Institute of Arts collection.
Gov. Snyder says this is not a "bailout" but a "settlement" because a bailout (I am paraphrasing) involves giving money to bankers and not getting anything in return. This seems a bit of a stretch.
Dictionary.coms second entry on "bailout" reads: "an instance of coming to the rescue, especially financially: a government bailout of a large company." (Emphasis in the original.)
Last week, I listed just some of the reasons Detroit should not be bailed out. Among them, taking precious state resources that could be used for other state spending (road funding, for example) to give to Detroit is fundamentally unfair to all those Michigan residents who were never part of the Detroit equation. It requires statewide residents to give up something of value (future government services or tax cuts) to cover the bad policy decisions and mismanagement of Detroit.
At the same press conference, Senate Majority Randy Richardville, R-Monroe, tried to deflect such criticisms, arguing in effect that this is a Michigan problem, not just a Detroit one. Perhaps, but it still leaves outstate residents paying for Detroit's past spending (and promised spending to pensioners) while not having ever benefited from that spending.
The reality is that with plenty of help from enablers in Lansing, Wall Street, unions and many more, Detroit leaders so thoroughly fouled their own nest that the city now finds itself in federal bankruptcy court. State taxpayers have already shelled out plenty to support the city's fiscal malpractice, and that wasn't fair. Piling another $350 million now just compounds the unfairness.
The financial burden for cleaning up this mess should fall more closely on those who made it. The solution isn't more state taxpayer subsidies and bailouts but aggressively selling off existing assets, contracting out core services, ending unnecessary ones, and creating a business climate that welcomes real entrepreneurs and investors rather than chasing them away.
You shut up and change their diapers! That’s why you exist.
Well duh. Better than nation wide taxpayers.
Today the MI taxpayers. Tomorrow the US taxpayer. Watch and see.
I hate to say it but yes. There are plenty of things I would do differently but it is a good example for the many other cities that will be bankrupt in the future. When its St Louis, Philly or any other city they won’t be able to cry to Washington that they bailed out Detroit. Plus there is oversight this way that won’t come from the feds.
I like the Rand Paul plan of zero tax penalty business repatriation, 5% business tax, 2% payroll and income tax, and a duty free cross border manufacturing and trade zone.
What may be the most important thing is the perception. A lot of the people I talk to say that people are noticing that its a republican run state that is doing something.
One very important thing that most FReepers simply refuse to acknowledge is the fact that Detroit is still the second busiest trade crossing on the continent and the Democrats have been treating it like their personal ATM for far too long.