It wasn’t 50 years of Democratic Party rule that ruined Detroit.
Michigan communities have missed out on some $6.2 billion in statutory revenue sharing payments over the past decade as lawmakers and governors diverted funds to fill holes in the state budget, according to a new report from the Michigan Municipal League highlighting losses by community.
Detroit, the state’s largest city, lost out on $732 million in revenue sharing between 2003 and 2013, according to the report. Twenty two other cities — from Grand Rapids to Wyandotte — saw the state divert at least $10 million in sales tax revenue that local leaders believe they should have been entitled to.
That’s money that would have helped local governments provide essential services — including police and fire, water systems, road maintenance, parks, libraries — and may have allowed some of them to avoid financial emergencies requiring state intervention.
Yeah, sure it would have. Because it’s not like these municipalities never saw a dollar they couldn’t figure out how to waste.