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house Bill H.R. 811

Should State & Local Bonds Issued to Finance Pro Sports Stadiums Not be Tax Exempt?

Argument in favor

Pro sports franchises can access the funding they need to build stadiums without cities and states issuing tax exempt bonds, which reduces the resources available for other infrastructure projects.

Lillian's Opinion
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11/25/2017
Why should public (taxpayers') money help build stadiums for rich corporations at all? If the stadiums are going to be tax-exempt, then the wealthy can pay all costs for building them. If the taxpayers fund the building of the structure, then there should be compensation to the taxpayers, and taxes would be an appropriate form of compensation. Bear in mind that, although the events conducted in the stadium do create revenue for the city, they also create expenses in the form of infrastructure usage, damage, and maintenance. These expenses are what the taxes would be paying for. And the money to pay the taxes should come out of corporate profits and NOT out of the consumer in the form of higher ticket prices.
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Benjamin's Opinion
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11/25/2017
Public financing for stadiums is a racket and shouldn’t be legal let alone tax exempt
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Erin's Opinion
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11/25/2017
Professional sports teams make millions, and in some markets billions, each year in revenue. It’s about time professional sports teams start paying their fair share in taxes, especially in the communities that support them.
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Argument opposed

If a city or state government and its taxpayers are willing to publicly finance the construction of a pro sports stadium using bonds, they should be considered tax exempt like other municipal bonds.

Randy's Opinion
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11/25/2017
My tax money shouldn't go to support a billionaires business.
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Aaron's Opinion
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11/26/2017
The Government whether it is city, county or state should not play any part in financing teams or stadiums.
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SneakyPete's Opinion
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11/25/2017
Sport Corporations being PRIVATELY owned, should NOT be, tax exempt. The same should be applied to bonds sold to fund the building of their stadiums. The millions made from sporting events, goods, and sponsors can be used to fund the construction 🚧 of new facilities.
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      house Committees
      Committee on Ways and Means
    IntroducedFebruary 1st, 2017
    Why should public (taxpayers') money help build stadiums for rich corporations at all? If the stadiums are going to be tax-exempt, then the wealthy can pay all costs for building them. If the taxpayers fund the building of the structure, then there should be compensation to the taxpayers, and taxes would be an appropriate form of compensation. Bear in mind that, although the events conducted in the stadium do create revenue for the city, they also create expenses in the form of infrastructure usage, damage, and maintenance. These expenses are what the taxes would be paying for. And the money to pay the taxes should come out of corporate profits and NOT out of the consumer in the form of higher ticket prices.
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    My tax money shouldn't go to support a billionaires business.
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    Public financing for stadiums is a racket and shouldn’t be legal let alone tax exempt
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    Professional sports teams make millions, and in some markets billions, each year in revenue. It’s about time professional sports teams start paying their fair share in taxes, especially in the communities that support them.
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    Let the rich pay their own way!
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    Such a lucrative investment has no need of tax exemptions.
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    Why is any form of public funding be used to build stadiums? The overly wealthy team owners can access their own funds to build monuments to their sports.
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    These projects are shown to not bring more money to cities, so cities should not shoulder more burden to prop them up. These professional sports make so much money, they aren't entitled to additional tax benefits.
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    Join the ranks of the tax payers!
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    No more public subsidies for people’s past times!
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    Why woumd the public want to pay for something they do not get a share of the revenue? Tax corporations accordingly. Why even ask this question?
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    Taxpayers should not be footing the bill for sports stadiums, at all.
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    No one has offered to build me a tax free business
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    The NFL shouldn’t be a tax exempt organization and we shouldn’t use our tax dollars to build their stadium empires.
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    Voting "yes" means removing tax exempt status. "No" means keeping tax exempt status. Badly worded headline. Billion dollar franchises don't need our tax dollars.
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    A vote for this bill is giving a billionaire a helping hand. It doesn’t make since to me. SMH🤦🏿‍♂️.
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    Billionaire owners don’t need (even more) tax exemptions.
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    Why should my taxes continually be used for things I don’t agree with. We work and pay the taxes and live on a modest income. If they want the stadiums then let them pay for them with their million dollar contracts.
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    If homeowners are losing the exemption than why should rich team owners have it!
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    Seriously, could this have been more poorly worded?
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