Jewish World Review May 12, 2003 / 10 Iyar, 5763
Congress ought not be in the ballpark building business
While the Senate fights over the size of President Bush's tax
cut proposal, there may be one more budget item that Congress
will have to consider. Allocate funds for the construction of a
Washington, DC baseball stadium.
It appears Major League Baseball has gotten what it wanted, a
bidding war for the Montreal Expos. Portland, Oregon, Northern
Virginia and Washington, DC are raising the stakes ready to give
baseball a stadium funding package for the right to be called
Here's where Congress comes in.
The city of
Washington would have to borrow money for its $338 million
ballpark construction and a renovation of RFK Stadium so
it could be used until the new park is done. Congress is
promising taxcuts. Even though the money for a Washington
stadium is a drop in the bucket, that money would be better
spent on education and senior services.
Here's a question: Does
the $338 million include debt service for borrowing? And also
will the stadium be on the property taxrolls?
Congress ought not be in the ballpark building business, the
legislators have more important services to finance than a
Washington baseball park.
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JWR contributor Evan Weiner is a radio commentator on "The Business
of Sports" for Westwood One's Metro Networks. He is being presented with the United States Sports Academy's Distinguished Service Award for 2003. Comment on this column by clicking here.
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