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Buckhorn Expects Taxpayers to Pay for Most of Rays New Home

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Buckhorn Expects Taxpayers to Pay for Most of Rays New Home

07.05.18 09:55 AM

Supposed Economic-Opportunity Zones Are Taxpayer Scams Tallahassee, FL – Americans for Prosperity-Florida, the state’s leading grassroots advocates against corporate welfare and using taxpayer dollars to prop up privately owned sports franchises, released the following statement upon news of Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn carving out a path through federal policy to pull tax dollars from across the country for a sweetheart to lure the Tampa Rays to Ybor City. “The only ones who will benefit from this lopsided deal are crony politicians and the Rays’ ownership. The audacity of the team to insist that they will only pay for $150 million of a potentially $800 million project is emblematic of the entitled mentality that drives these corporate welfare schemes. Taxpayers deserve better.” Background: Buckhorns Chooses Sides Against Oak Grove Community Growth Effects of Sports Franchises, Stadiums, and Arenas: 15 Years Later (Mercatus Center at George Mason University, 2015) “A new empirical study for the Mercatus Center at George Mason University finds that there is still little evidence that building stadiums or arenas for professional sports franchises leads to significant economic benefits. Sports-initiated development is unlikely to make a community wealthier, and subsidizing professional sports teams may actually reduce economic growth. If […]

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