Detroit, once a bastion of municipal jobs with strong unions, good pensions and benefits, has been under a transformation through “elected” officials to create a new kind of city policy. One in which tax money is funneled only to the friends of elected officials. What used to be blatantly illegal is now regular policy in Detroit. Taking city services out from under the direct control of a municipality takes many forms: private companies, nonprofit organizations, foundations, regional authorities, local authorities – all are being done in Detroit. The myth that this is cost effective only benefits the companies that get the contracts. A city that runs on contracts is wide open to vast corruption and unaccountable finances – Detroit is a textbook example as shown in this film.

Film length: 17 minutes