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Florida Senate’s Passage of SB 306 Shows Disregard for Voters

April 29, 2013

–Eighty percent of voters oppose taxpayer subsidies for professional sports stadiums–

TALLAHASSEE — Today the Florida Senate passed SB 306, by Senator Oscar Braynon (R-Miami Gardens). The bill passed 35-4 with Senators Rene Garcia, Anitere Flores, John Legg and Senate President Don Gaetz voting against it.

Americans for Prosperity’s Florida chapter (AFP-FL), with more than 150,000 activists, has voiced strong opposition to S.B. 306 and the use of tax dollars for corporate welfare.  Activists have sent more than 8,300 emails opposing incentives for professional sports stadiums.

“It’s a shame that the Senate has allowed their priorities to become so far removed from those of the average Floridian,” said AFP-FL State Director Slade O’Brien. “Despite overwhelming evidence that subsidies for professional sports teams provide very little if any economic benefit, the Senate has created a system that will give hundreds of millions of dollars in subsidies away to teams.  This is money taxpayers expect to be used for vital services, not corporate welfare for the billionaire owners of sports teams.”

A recent statewide poll showed that eighty percent of Florida voters oppose the use of taxpayer-funded subsidies for professional sports teams to renovate or construct stadiums. In addition, seventy percent said that they would be less likely to re-elect a representative if they support such incentives.

Mr. O’Brien continued, “It is beyond me why our elected officials think it is appropriate to use tax dollars to renovate stadiums rather than funding other important programs or providing cuts that will help all of Florida’s businesses and families. Hopefully the House of Representatives will protect the will of the voters and kill this bad bill.”

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