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Detroit Casino Partnership
Detroit Casino Partnership
Michigan Casinos

Currently, there are a total of 23 casinos in 18 counties throughout the state of Michigan. Twenty (20) are Native American-owned and the remaining three (3) are privately-owned and operated in the city of Detroit.

While the three Detroit casinos are the 5th largest casino market in the country at over $1.3 billion in revenue -- MGM Casino, Motor City Casino, and Greektown Casino have acted as mere “gaming houses” rather than what was promised Detroit in 1996. Of the three, only Motor City Casino dares to offer some entertainment, and it pales in comparison with offerings of Ceaser’s Windsor as a resort or as an entertainment venue. Gaming revenues have increased every year since they began operation, but at every opportunity they have decreased service and minimized investment. All while these profits are invested in other cities like Las Vegas, New York.

Detroit Deserves better.

What is the economic impact of the three casinos in Detroit?

Detroit’s three casinos employ approximately 8,000 southeast Michigan residents who earned nearly $423 million in wages and benefits in 2009. But while revenue increased, we have seen a reduction in workforce of 5% in 2009 in an increasing drive for profitability over service. The three casinos also returned $320 million in gaming revenue taxes to the city and state in 2009. As for the Native American owned casinos, many have violated their compact agreements and pay no taxes to the state or their local community, and one tribe opened a casino in 2010 without any Federal or State approvals and had to be forced to close this year by Michigan’s Attorney General.

Gaming is an industry. But it is also only one part of the larger entertainment, travel, and leisure industry. With a cohesive plan, it offers great opportunity to support and enhance Michigan’s tourism trade. The ballot initiative and the additional casinos sponsored by CMMJ are projected to more than double the gaming tax revenue provided to Michigan while increasing Detroit’s and provides new revenue to a host of other cities, townships and municipalities, but more importantly, they each bring a dynamic element to the community in which they will be located and enhance the recreational offerings of Michigan.

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