Beyond the massive state revenue sharing cuts, the Governor’s most damaging proposal for Michigan’s cities is the elimination of Brownfield and other tax credits that incentive’s redevelopment of urban centers. This one-two punch is a deadly prescription that will stunt growth and hobble our cities and state.
Renovating the Broderick calls for about $13 million in brownfield and historic preservation credits. / 1928 file photo / Image curtosey of the Detroit Free Press
The map of Detroit redevelopment would look very different today had Gov. Rick Snyder’s proposal to eliminate brownfield and other tax credits become a reality several years ago.
Our state cannot prosper if our cities do not prosper. Michigan needs cities and metro regions that work. The fastest growing states have the fastest growing cities in them – that is no accident. Michigan needs an urban agenda.
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