I'm a detroitredwings.com member and got this e-mail from them yesterday:
The guys wants public funding (tax $$) to fund his stadiums but doesn't support people paying the gov't who in turn would help pay for it (The stadiums)?? WTF?The Governor and the legislature are seriously considering putting a $100 million a year tax on every ticket to professional sporting events, shows, concerts, and movie tickets in Michigan. They are calling it a "luxury tax."
1. Tell the Governor, the Lt. Governor, your State Representative and/or your State Senator that you oppose a tax on your family time. Ask them to oppose the Ticket Tax. Just click on the links below and send an email to the Governor or Lt. Governor (click on the "Share Your Opinion" link). The links to your State Senator will help you locate your legislature and give you a link to their email address.
If you would rather call them, their phone numbers will be listed on their information site as well.
2. Click on the Fans Against the Ticket Tax Logo to the right to sign up to help fight this tax and to keep updated on the issue. And let us know if you would be willing to go to Lansing to attend a public hearing on the tax. Just fill out your name and contact information and click "Submit".
Love the teams, hate the owner almost as much as the Fords.
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You can never compare Ilitch to ford. no matter what ou think of him he is a winner.
I could be missing the boat here but I can't blame Ilitch specifically for this. This sounds like more of a government/budget shortfall thing.
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Everyone knows that if there was a tax on the tickets... itd be reflected on us... not the owners. The prices would increase... plane and simple.
So I for one... would be against the tax.
Is he asking for money for a new hockey arena? I don't know.
As a business owner, he doesn't want this tax for 2 reasons. One, because higher ticket rices are going to mean fewer people buying tickets. People only have so much money. And two, because it turns him into a tax collector. He owns 2 teams, and he's going to have to hire people, accountants, to take care of the collecting and reporting and payment of those taxes to the state. Which is going to cost him $$.
As an owner of a business that provides services, I oppose the state's proposed tax on services for the same reasons. I don't want to have to collect taxes for the state either.
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instead he buys a property with a crappy building on it (which was probably discounted due to said crappy building) then turns around and asks the state for $$ to tear down the building :confused: (why buy it in the first place then?)
like I said, I have ZERO objections if Davidson sent this stuff out, since he did everything on his own dime @ the palace.. didn't ask the state/taxpayers to help pay for it.
Illitch, on the other hand, acts like he lives off the grants/concessions- then he shouldn't complain too much about the taxes since they're the ones granting him money.
Whatever you think of the guy, he's done a lot for the city and has turned around two sports teams here in the city....
This sounds like a govt. thing, but I could be wrong. This isn't my area of expertise.
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