Skip to comments.Should Taxpayers Bailout Detroit?
Posted on 05/06/2014 5:10:03 PM PDT by MichCapCon
The Michigan Legislature is currently debating whether or not to send extra state money to Detroit. There have been three polls taken on this issue with fairly different results.
Lambert, Edwards & Associates/Denno found very high support, depending on how the money will be spent. I cannot find the exact language of how the question was asked, but this was in the press release:
Sixty-one percent of the 600 likely voters polled statewide said they backed Snyders proposal to offer the funds so that Detroit pension cuts wouldnt exceed 34 percent. A quarter of those polled opposed the move, while nearly 14 percent were undecided. The same LE&A/Denno Research poll asked voters if they would support offering the state funds as part of a deal that would protect the DIA from having to sell any of its art collection. Slightly fewer voters backed that plan, with 53 percent favoring spending the money and 30 percent opposing it. Seventeen percent were undecided.
Marketing Research Group showed 51 percent support, 37 percent opposed by asking:
"Would you support or oppose the State of Michigan using $350 million dollars of tobacco settlement money over the next 20 years to help the City of Detroit meet its pension contract agreements and prevent the city from having to sell any of its Detroit Institute of Arts paintings and artwork collection? The Mackinac Center commissioned a poll through Mitchell Research and found 44 percent support to 49 percent opposed. Heres how the question was asked:
Governor Snyder has proposed, and the Legislature is considering, passing a $350 million partial bailout of Detroit paid over 20 years using state money. Do you support or oppose using state money to bail out the City of Detroit? We believe that to be the easiest and fairest way to ask the question. Tobacco settlement money is completely fungible as state dollars that is, it can be used for anything. So make no mistake, the money is coming from the state budget.
But the big dispute is whether or not this money is a bailout. Well, here is the definition of the word: An act of giving financial assistance to a failing business or economy to save it from collapse.
These are the poll results. You decide which is most meaningful.
No, no and again no.
A precedent is all we need to start the long line of similar cities who refuse to cut their benefits offered to it’s lazy citizens...
Absolutely not! Detroit was brought down by years and years of corrupt Democrats and union officials.
Why should I, or any other taxpayer, have to pay for their nasty deeds?
Let ‘em stew.
Not NO, but HELL NO!!!!!
without a thought... NO.
obama will just issue an Executive Order and billions will flow to the gibmedats.
And what the hell will we be able to do about it?
Yes, I know that the story is about STATE funds, but mark my words, the federal coffers will open and obama will decree it.
With strictly state funds, no problem. Let the voters of Michigan decide.
Federal funds, absolutely not. There are plenty of ghost towns already so what’s one more?
No, next question.
No!!! Why build something up to watch the same people destroy it again, at our expense?
It’s an issue of the sovereign state of Michigan. If Michigan wants to be stupid enough to bail out Detroit, the citizens of Michigan will have to live with the consequences.
Like many Michiganders let Detroit go its own way. No taxpayer money. Look Obama promised three hundred million for blight (read union bailout). Will the last person to leave Detroit turn off the lights
If a guy from Michigan can say that to New Yorkers, then Michiganders/Michiganites/Michiganians can say it to Detroiters.
Yes, Michigan should bailout Detroit! Let’s get it ON! The longer the slow bleed, the “slower the boil”. Let’s get the pot boiling over right NOW!
Does a bear $hit in a bathroom?
Bulldoze the entire site. Scatter the population. Sell the land to people with cash.
Only if you are comfortable with the leaders of the city stealing the money.
Is this a joke? Detroit should be emptied of most of its current residents and have them dispersed around the country. Then restock the city with people who like to work for a living and obey the laws.
Negatroids!!! There is an old saying that you reap what you sow. Detroit has reaped it along with the chickens coming home to roost.
They can first start by all city employees taking a pay/benefits cut. Then reign in the unions.
No. And Hell No. Would be the worst thing that could happen to Detroit. Would simply make the pit and the reckoning WORSE for them. Seriously.
Sigh, I am sure that statement is somehow not PC, as are most facts these days. Sigh again.
Dispersed around the country?
Notice to people from Detroit: Texas is racist, everything here is poisonous, gun fights happen every day in every town (OK, you are used to that), we have city eating tornados, the food sucks, few of the women rate above a 6 (the “men” max out at 5), and we have no jobs. Wish I had never come here. OK?
To any Freeper or conservative, the above is clearly /sarc, but you knew that, right?
Let’s see, that’s the same tobacco settlement money that was supposed to be used to prevent smoking, anti-smoking campaigns, etc. So instead the money is wasted on Detroit to enable them to continue on their merry way.
It is what the Democrats made of it. It is what the people of that city voted for, for decades. Let it rot.
Silly question. Everybody knows how we came to this. The place was looted. And everybody knows who did it. When Detroit and the nation can face that unflinching we'll have a chance. That certainly isn't now.
The State of Michigan and its citizens can do whatever they want with their $$ in regards to Detroit. That’s a Michigan problem, just like Chicago is Illinois’, etc., etc....
Just don’t dare go reaching into MY pocket...(even if I lived in the respective states I’d still say NO)
And those armadillos taste awful. My brother makes me eat them morning, noon, and night whenever I visit. Wouldn’t be so bad, but the tire marks are a bit distracting. (snicker)
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