Democrats in the state House are threatening to derail legislation that would help the Illich family build a new arena for the Detroit Red Wings in Detroit, legislators told Motor City Muckraker this afternoon.
Protesting the Republicans’ unscrupulous handling of the controversial right-to-work legislation, Democrats are pledging to oppose a measure that would release $13 million in taxes from the Downtown Development Authority. The funds are part of a proposed $650-million entertainment district that would include housing, retail and office space in a downtown clawing for a comeback.
House Speaker Pro Tem John Walsh said he’s trying to corral enough votes from Republicans, who hold a slight majority but are hesitant to fund a hockey arena with tax dollars.
Without support from the Democrats, the bill likely would fail, lawmakers conceded.
Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.