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News from the Equitable Detroit Coalition
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Community Benefit Advocates Call on Senate to Reject House Bill 4052
Coalition opposes stripping power to form community benefit agreements
DETROIT — The Equitable Detroit Coalition, a coalition of community members and groups advocating for a community benefits ordinance in Detroit, called on the Senate today to reject HB 4052. The group says the legislation would prevent the forming of community benefit agreements in Detroit.
HB 4052 passed in the House of Representatives last week after being fast tracked out of a committee the day before.
“This bill is dangerous and will send Michigan backwards,” said Rev. Joan Ross, director of the North End Woodward Community Coalition. “Proponents of this bill claim that community benefit ordinances would not be affected yet the bill prohibits wage requirements higher than the state’s minimum wage as well as requirements for apprenticeships and training programs, all of which are integral to community benefit agreements. The Senate should reject this bill.”
The coalition has been working with local officials and community leaders to ensure that citizens have input in large developments in the city that receive a substantial amount of tax dollars.
“I find it appalling that our elected officials in Lansing continue to attack the right of local elected officials to make decisions in the best interest of their communities,” Ross continued. “Local governments have been the champion for many policies that help residents and workers. Policies such as paid sick leave, living wage ordinances, and local hiring practices would be eliminated under this legislation and that is unacceptable. This bill would only hurt our communities at a time when we should be doing all we can do to help them heal.”
The mission of the Equitable Detroit Coalition is to foster beneficial relationships between developers and the Detroit community by facilitating open and honest dialogue and to assist developers funded by public dollars to become corporate neighbors who are transparent in their relationship with the community. For more information, please visit http://www.