Michigan Chamber Opposed to Detroit Casino Tax Increase

April 19, 2011

The Michigan Chamber today announced its opposition to a proposed 16 percent increase in the tax the city of Detroit imposes on Detroit casinos.

“Detroit’s three casino operators have made a substantial financial commitment to the city, investing millions of dollars in first-class facilities and creating thousands of good jobs for hard-working city residents,” said Michigan Chamber President & CEO Rich Studley. “Now is not the time to impose a multi-million dollar tax penalty on these critically important job providers.”

“The city of Detroit has one of the heaviest tax burdens in Michigan,” noted Studley. “It also has one of the highest unemployment rates in Michigan and has suffered a dramatic loss in population over the past decade. These three facts are not unrelated.” 

“Detroit is still Michigan’s largest city and we hope it will return to greatness. Instead of raising city taxes, Mayor Bing and the City Council need to take action to substantially reduce spending, overhaul unsustainable employee benefit and pension plans, and streamline burdensome regulations. In the meantime, we strongly urge the Michigan Legislature to reject the proposed job-killing tax increase on Detroit casinos,” Studley concluded.

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