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Forum Post: another example of billioniares thieving from the taxpayers and politicians lying to people for approval of tax

Posted 10 years ago on Jan. 25, 2012, 11:20 p.m. EST by gestopomillyy (1695)
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if nothing else.. the they should be made to repay all the public money used for these stadiums!

according to the Miami Herald, when the Florida legislature passed a bill in 1988 to get public money for stadiums, they worked a provision into the bill that requires Florida sports teams like the Buccaneers, Jaguars, Dolphins, Rays and Heat -- as well as teams like the Phillies and Mets who hold spring training in Florida -- to house homeless people in their stadiums on non-event nights.

"We have spent over $300 million supporting teams that can afford to pay a guy $7, $8, $10 million a year to throw a baseball 90 feet. I think they can pay for their own stadium," said Sen. Michael Bennett, R-Bradenton. "I can not believe that we’re going to cut money out of Medicaid and take it away from the homeless and take it away from the poor and impoverished, and we’re continuing to support people who are billionaires."

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[-] 1 points by wellhungjury (296) 10 years ago

On its face, this does seem like a viable opinion. I just want to weigh n one concept. The economic boom and thus tax dollars that are generated from a stadium on a city can be enormous. Whether you like it or not, if the government does not throw in some incentive to get these sports teams to make their city their home, those tax dollars go away. They will just go to another city that is willing to throw in those incentives. These tax dollars can be continuous and profitable to the community for decades. Not saying I total agree with this reality, but it is something that you need to consider when trying to understand why these things happen. With that being a reality, what should we do different?

[-] 1 points by gestopomillyy (1695) 10 years ago

its still a lie to the people . and why would a city pay out 300 million over this time frame if the stadium was bringing in money? that makes nooo sense. im sure it was bringing in money but not to the city. a lie either the place is not bringing in enough money to operate or someone is stealing that money in a legal way.

[-] 1 points by DKAtoday (33802) from Coon Rapids, MN 10 years ago

Multi-billion dollar franchises needing ( ? ) public charity. How disgusting is that?

[-] 1 points by ZenDogTroll (13032) from South Burlington, VT 10 years ago

have you seen the price tag on super bowl tickets? I mean, wtf?

[-] 0 points by BystanderDC (91) 10 years ago

Wait a Republican said that?

[-] 0 points by skylar (-441) 10 years ago

are you talented enough to play major league baseball?

[-] 1 points by gestopomillyy (1695) 10 years ago

and that has what to do with politicians lying to the public and billionaires taking welfare from taxpayers ?