In odd twist, Republicans shame Democrats for ignoring Detroit; new Red Wings arena at stake

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

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.

  • JCR

    They’re not even playing hockey for pete’s sake!


    Illitch can pull this off without taxpayer money anyway. I don’t get why we always have to incentivize every piece of business that wants to make money in Detroit.