A $21.5 million port development along the Detroit River that officials expect will draw cruise ships and other tourists is a misguided use of tax dollars, according to a Mackinac Center analyst.

"On net balance, these kinds of investments are little more than expensive ribbon-cutting ceremonies," Mike LaFaive, director of the Mackinac Center’s Morey Fiscal Policy Initiative, told the Detroit Free Press. "If this was a valuable addition to Detroit's waterfront, entrepreneurs would fall over themselves to fund it."

LaFaive also told The Detroit News that the port is a "vanity project for politicians."

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