Early reports that the "upper house" of the General Assembly might show more respect for constituents than did the "lower house" have been misleading.
By a vote of 13-0, a Senate committee has favorably reported to the full body a gift of $20 million tax dollars to yet another sport franchise owner - this time for soccer. Apparently we are supposed to be overjoyed that the size of the gift has been substantially reduced - at least temporarily.
There is one part of the deal which is particularly intriguing. Tax revenues from another property owned by the soccer team owner, (which should be going to parks?, potholes?, or public safety?) will instead be used to fund this deal.
Maybe it’s a matter of efficiency. Instead of revenues going to a governmental agency, to the be handed out to a second boondoggle, the tax dollars will be short-circuited directly to the ultimate recipient. Kind of like taking the blood donor directly to the scene of the accident instead of using the Red Cross. Or the operation of the downtown TIF district where the money goes so rapidly from one pocket to another!
One senator is quoted in the news story as saying he "...would like to see the team owner kick in some cash." We can only wish he had liked the idea to the point of saying "NO" to the legislation.
But, what the hell? Does it make sense to say "No" to $20 million when you've already supported $750 million? Or $185 million? Or annual gifts of $16 million? Media management policy in this city always supports scandalous sports subsidy anyway. No point in irritating the guy who buys his ink by the barrel!