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