Program

Gross Appropriation

Appropriation Breakdown

 

 

 

Convention Facility

$32,000,000[215]

All from Special Revenue Funds

Development Distribution

 

 

Program Description:

The Convention Facility Development Distribution program awards grants to local areas (primarily counties and the city of Detroit) for the construction and development of convention centers.  In the past year, about half of the money awarded from these grants went to the city of Detroit for the renovation and expansion of Cobo Hall.  This program is funded by a statewide tax on alcohol and a tax on motels in the Detroit metro area.

Recommended Action:

The construction and renovation of convention centers is the responsibility of the private sector, not state government.  This program should be eliminated immediately.

Program

Gross Appropriation

Appropriation Breakdown

 

 

 

Michigan Education Trust

$50,000[216]

All from GF/GP

Fund Challenge Grants

 

 

Program Description:

These grants are awarded to low-income children so that they may enter the Michigan Education Trust program (MET).

Recommended Action:

Scholarships should be the responsibility of private foundations and other organizations, not the state.  This program should be eliminated.