DETROIT (WWJ) – A new poll conducted by the Business Leaders For Michigan reveals that two-thirds — about 66 percent of Michigan voters — back Gov. Rick Snyder’s plan to use $350 million in state money to help Detroit retirees.
Legislation unveiled Thursday proposes to pay $195 million upfront by tapping into state’s rainy day account — which is typically used for emergency expenses. As part of the deal, the state money will be matched by donations from private foundations.
Doug Rothwell, President and CEO of Business Leaders for Michigan says the research shows Michiganders are invested in Detroit’s future.
“It would involve the Detroit Institute of Arts, it would include a significant contribution by foundations, and also pensioners and others that had been city employees are also being affected by these changes as well,” Rothwell told WWJ Newsradio 950’s Chrystal Knight.
“What we’re trying to do is to, you know, indicate that this is important to the state as a whole, not just Detroit, and that the state will benefit — at least the voters see it that way — if Detroit exits bankruptcy that much sooner,” he said.
The poll showed almost 80 percent of Oakland County voters support the legislation; and 87 percent in Wayne County.
In addition, more than 45 percent of Michigan voters approve of the way Gov. Snyder has handled Detroit’s bankruptcy.
“All across Michigan—from the Upper Peninsula and the Thumb to West and Southeast Michigan—we’re seeing strong value being placed on a healthy Detroit,” Rothwell said.
Find detailed poll results HERE.