"Scrupulous Public Scrutiny" Needed To Oppose $38million In New Stadium Taxpayer Funding- Keep the PawSox at McCoy!
The state just can't keep away from the dreaded number 38. The only thing "near the end of its useful life” ("useful" being highly questionable) is any RI politician that has been in office for more than eight years-- not McCoy Stadium.
The owners of the PawSox are claiming they will pay $45 million towards the $83 million total cost of a new publicly owned stadium that would be located at the old Apex building site in downtown Pawtucket. They are asking the RI taxpayers to contribute $23 million -- out of a total project cost of $73 million + $10 mil for the land-- and the city of Pawtucket to make up the balance by throwing in another $15 million. “Ballpark at Slater Mill” would be the new name of the stadium.
Tens of thousands of Rhode Islanders have already signed petitions opposing the construction of any new ballpark since the new PawSox stadium discussions and proposals first began. Apparently, this massive public opposition spaghetti isn't sticking to the state legislator walls yet..it needs a little more time to cook.
Governor Raimondo always loves to throw out the political pitch line that everything comes back to the creation of "jahbs" and she could care less about who ultimately pays the sacrificial price to create these "jahbs"--- you know the answer, the RI taxpaying lambs. Take a drive through the the Apponaug Circulators if you haven't already, and you'll know exactly what I'm referring to...200+ MVAs and counting...
Is it such a novel idea to not create "jahbs" by making them up out of thin air, and protect and invest in what you have already to SAVE TAXPAYER MONEY?? We have a massively outdated infrastructure with lead in our water and beaches closing down weekly due to bacterial pollution, but the Govenah is still trying to force feed the financially starving Rhode Islanders... more "jahbs."
If you build it and they don't come, who pays the bill Govenah and Speakah?
This information below was received via email and it's being re-shared here. The people are URGED to attend these public meetings to have it be made loud and clear -once again- that Rhode Islanders do not want a new stadium!
Re-shared on behalf of David Norton's MoveOn petition:
"The 1st of 6 hearings concerning a taxpayer funded stadium will take place at the Rhode Island State House at 82 Smith Street in Providence on September 14th at 6 pm in room 313.
It is wrong for our elected leaders to give our tax dollars to super-wealthy individuals. The current Apex Stadium plan is reckless and puts Pawtucket's critical state aid at risk for the next 30 years.
We all love the team. We all love McCoy. We want the team to stay if possible but taking money away from the poor and giving it to the super-wealthy is obscene, cruel and very wrong.
Please help me stop this terrible deal from financially burdening all of us for the next 30 years by taking these two actions today:
1) Join our event on Facebook and make a plan to attend the hearing here: Billionaire PawSox VS Rhode Island Taxpayers: Round 1
2) Leave written feedback for our Senate Finance Committee here: http://www.pawsoxhearings.com/contact/
Thank you for your support,
From the "PawSox Billionaires Trying To Take All Of Our Money Hearings" page:
"There are Senate finance hearings promised to the PawSox owners so that they can get a chance to pretend there was some public vetting before they receive their tax giveaway to build a stadium on the Apex site. Word is that they will parade a long line of bankers and other money lenders out in public to give a seal of approval to this deal.
If we don't show up in force and let them know that we don't want the billionaire owners to get the $15 Million from impoverished Pawtucket or the additional $23 million from our economically struggling state, then please come to this hearings and let your voice be heard! "