Teh Squeaky Wheel
Top o’ teh mornin’, Wheelizens!
What a surprise that the taxpayers of both Oakland and Vegas are getting it in the shorts from the NFL.
Since I’m not a sports fan, I really don’t understand why so many taxpayers think that subsidizing sports franchises is a good idea. As a taxpayer, I resent being on the hook for the Gwinnett Braves’ stadium (which was put in motion before I moved here).
And, of course, the fookin’ stadium had major cost overruns and has not gotten anywhere close to providing the alleged “economic benefits” which are always promised and never, ever delivered.
I certainly don’t expect the public to subsidize venues for my favorite types of music. But sports apparently have some mystical, rah-rah “community spirit and pride” component to them which completely eludes me, as I’ve never seen any evidence of it.
(For the record, I’m also against all of GA’s tax subsidies for the entertainment industry; I don’t believe for a nanosecond there’s a net benefit to our state economy. But local pols get to rub elbows with celebrities at no cost to themselves.)
Hi, Fatwa. Good morning, GN.
There’s huge money involved in the Raiders deal to Vegas and it’s all over the place. On one hand, all NFL players are happy because they’ve now picked up a lower (zero vs. 13%) state income tax rate playing in Nevada instead of California. That benefits Raider players the most, but all NFL team employees get a bit more in their pockets. And Nevada comes out OK as residents are paying very little to get a stadium built -- the tax increase hits visitors to Vegas in the form of higher hotel and entertainment taxes.
Most people find tax increases acceptable when they hit somebody else.
Good morning, Gerbil Nation!
Good morning, Fatwa, and Sven!
It’s another beautiful day in paradise and there’s lot’s to be done. I should probably get started on some of it.
This is my son last Tuesday. He shot that beast in 40′ of water freediving in Baja. We are going back next week, Baja bound!
Wow! That’s a yuuuge grouper!