The city of Detroit requires business owners running an arcade to obtain a license costing $863 — or 3,452 quarters — each year. A search of business and occupational licensing in other cities turns up no other example of licensure mandates for arcades in Michigan.

Detroit requires more licenses than any city in the state, calling for special licenses for at least 60 different professions and nearly 200 different types of businesses.

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As part of our efforts on government transparency, we obtained data on the compensation of most public employees in the state. This information has been used to fact check claims about salaries, verify data from other open records requests, and hold government spending accountable.

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