Michael LaFaive, director of the Center’s Morey Fiscal Policy Initiative, told The Detroit News that it would be wrong to use taxpayer dollars to help fund a new hockey arena for the Detroit Red Wings.

“The bottom line is that if this is a viable project, no taxpayer money should be involved at all,” LaFaive said. “If Mr. Ilitch thought investing in Detroit would make it more vibrant, then that’s great news, but the fact he believes subsidies are necessary belies that assertion.”

LaFaive and other Center analysts have addressed this issue several times in the past:

Flashy Projects Have Not Helped Detroit

Renaissance Center Brought No Renaissance

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Lions and Tigers: Who Bears the Costs?

Commentary: When Stadium Deals Fizzle, Taxpayers Lose

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