Stop the public funding of the new arena for the Detroit Red Wings
  • Petitioning Mike Ilitch

This petition will be delivered to:

Ilitch Holdings, Inc.
Mike Ilitch
Michigan Governor

Stop the public funding of the new arena for the Detroit Red Wings

    1. Andrea Cardinal
    2. Petition by

      Andrea Cardinal

      Toledo, OH

In the same week that Detroit announced its bankruptcy, the State of Michigan unanimously approved plans to build the Detroit Red Wings a new arena, near to Detroit's other sports complexes. The problem: the $450 million dollar bond will receive $284 million initial dollars from the taxpayers. "Including interest, it's projected that there will be a total of $444 million in taxpayer funds spent on the project." (1)

This venture projects an optimistic $1 billion in direct spending in Detroit over the next 30 years, but economists, with more than 40 years of research, "almost uniformly agree that publicly financed stadiums rarely pay for themselves." (2) Detroit has built other stadiums on those same hopes, without the promised return on investment. This is the wrong public investment for the City of Detroit right now.

"Detroit city services are already stretched extremely thin. On average, police take about an hour to respond to calls for help, and 40% of street lights are shut off to save money.

'If you want people to live in the city, and not just visit to go to games, you have to invest in schools, in having the police to respond to calls,' said Gretchen Whitmer, the Democratic leader in the state senate. 'There are so many investments that should trump a sports stadium.'" (1)

Mike Ilitch has a personal worth of $2.7 billion. He does not need the State of Michigan taxpayer's money to create this new home for the beloved Detroit Red Wings. Go ahead and build the arena if you must, but do it without state funding. 

"University of Chicago economist Allan Sanderson put it best, a couple of years ago: 'If you want to inject money into the local economy, it would be better to drop it from a helicopter than invest it into a new ballpark.'" (3)

(1) http://money.cnn.com/2013/07/26/news/economy/detroit-bankruptcy-arena/index.html

(2) http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/08/sports/08stadium.html?pagewanted=all

(3) http://metrotimes.com/news/politics-and-prejudices/millions-for-ilitch-but-not-a-penny-for-detroit-1.1532257

To:
Mike Ilitch, Ilitch Holdings, Inc.
Michigan Governor
Stop the public funding of the new arena for the Detroit Red Wings.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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      Andrea Cardinal
      Petition Organizer
      Ilitches to get all revenues from new publicly financed Red Wings arena

      For more than 30 years, the Red Wings have played hockey in Joe Louis Arena under an agreement negotiated by former Mayor Coleman Young to keep the team from moving to the suburbs.

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    • Tonya Monet Lutz WAYNE, MI
      • 5 months ago

      Sports do not trump safety!

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    • Carolyn Lowe BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MI
      • 8 months ago

      Do you really need to ask?

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    • Gloria Holzman SOUTHFIELD, MI
      • 8 months ago

      We don't need another venue that only rich people can enjoy and that the Illitch family can enrich themselves. We need infrastructure and jobs and something besides bleeding the public for private gain.

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    • Michael Mercatante PORT HURON, MI
      • 8 months ago

      My parents live in Detroit, I'm from there, and this is not the best use of public funds.

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    • Robert Cerrito PLEASANT RIDGE, MI
      • 8 months ago

      We don't need the red wings!

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