It was always a longshot, Detroit's bid for Amazon's second headquarters. And, because life isn't a movie, and the underdog rarely comes out on top, we didn't make it. Why? I don't have any inside information, here, but I'd imagine it comes down to Michigan's chronic lack of investment in the stuff that makes a state, and its metro areas, desirable: schools, roads, cities, transit, infrastructure.
Stacked against the other stuff that's not good about Detroit's agreement to help fund the new Red Wings arena, a bit of parking-lot rule-fudging that will net the billionaire Ilitch family an extra million a year seems like small beer. More contentious is the substantial public funding poured into this privately operated arena. Or the provision that allows Ilitch companies to keep all of the dollars generated by the arena's operations.
It's not that we're overtaxed, despite what you may have read in other, less sensible publications. Really, we don't pay enough in taxes, not if we want to keep having nice things. And that's a bit of a sticky wicket, given that our infrastructure is deteriorating, that too many of our cities are struggling to fund police and fire protection or pay for pensions, that our schools are struggling, and that our Legislature is allergic to anything resembling a tax increase.
Hey I have an idea -- let's fix schools, transit, job training, etc because it's important to do those things, not because we're trying to gussy ourselves up for #AmazonHQ2. My col: http://on.freep.com/2mUuLso
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