Community Benefits Agreement: 5 Ways ‘Proposal A’ is Awful for Business

In response to two community benefits agreements on the Nov. 8 ballot, this week The Detroit News called on voters to reject Proposal A. This vote comes at a critical time for the city, which is working to keep its positive momentum in the post-bankruptcy era. The Detroit Regional Chamber is unified with Mayor Mike Duggan to ensure the ballot option that best creates opportunity and jobs for Detroiters without providing an obstacle that deters future development and job creation. That is why the Chamber is also supporting a ‘No’ vote on Proposal A.

Why is ‘Proposal A’ awful for Detroit?

Since 2014, Detroit’s residents have gained over 15,000 jobs, and unemployment is at its lowest point since 2001. Proposal A is a burdensome and unmanageable regulation that would halt growth and innovation.

As the first ordinance of its kind in the United States, Proposal A:

  1. Makes Detroit uniquely uncompetitive for new investment, encouraging businesses and developers to choose elsewhere.
  2. Leaves potential job creators at risk to negotiate on their own and shifts the decision to approve private investment in the city from elected officials and planning professionals to unelected and/or ad hoc community groups.
  3. Sets no limits on the number of people involved in negotiations, who they are, or how they are selected.
  4. Sets no time limits on the process, potentially stalling projects and blocking jobs for months or even years.
  5. Allows nearby suburban communities to negotiate community benefits for Detroit projects.

Learn more about Proposal A and why it is awful for Detroit.