Green: Taxpayers aren’t responsible for Detroit

LANSING-In response to a plan that passed the Senate today that would bail out Detroit using taxpayer dollars, Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, issued the following statement:

“I voted against this legislation because Michigan taxpayers should not have to foot the bill for decades of corruption and mismanagement in Detroit while local communities in my district struggle to balance the books and provide basic services. Most communities in the state are fiscally responsible, make sound decisions and live within their means, yet this bailout is rewarding the exact opposite.

“There are many more steps that Detroit can take to assume responsibility for its situation and move forward to its best and brightest days yet—steps that everyone knows are missing from this bailout plan. I agree that a strong Detroit makes Michigan stronger, and I applaud the new leadership in Detroit for tackling the challenging task of turning the Motor City around.

But that does not justify giving away hundreds of millions of our state tax dollars to one community. It is poor public policy and sets a bad precedent. When legislators are discussing possible gas tax increases to fix our roads, they shouldn’t at the same time be spending nearly $200 million to bail out a city that created its own mess.”