Rep. Young, having reserved the right to explain his protest against the passage of the bill, made the following statement:
“Mr. Speaker and members of the House:
I am against this bill because it take jobs and contracts away from the city of Detroit by not allowing Detroiters to have enough of a stake in Cobo Hall. In a time when people are losing their jobs, houses, pensions, and healthcare for themselves and their families we as the state of Michigan can ill afford to take jobs and opportunities away from anyone. In the city of Detroit the unemployment rate is 16% we need to be putting Detroiters back to work not taking jobs away from them. This is an outright taking of an asset of the city of Detroit and I will not stand for it.
‘Democracy is not a just a form government it is a set of principles.’
If our democracy is to survive men and women must stand on principle and I stand on the principle of jobs and economic justice for all.”