RICHMOND, VA – Americans for Prosperity-Virginia (AFP-VA) today announced it’s support for Delegate Michael Webert’s Proposed Resolution Opposing Taxpayer Financing of Professional Sports Stadiums. Del. Webert unveiled his proposal last week at the American Legislative Exchange Council’s (ALEC) 44th Annual Meeting. The proposed resolution calls on states to enact legislation that would prohibit all taxpayer financing of professional sports stadiums, but only once a majority of states have passed similar legislation. AFP-VA has been a leading opponent of using taxpayer money to build stadiums, most recently in Prince William County. Delegate Webert plans to introduce the legislation during the General Assembly’s 2018 session.
“Corporate welfare for professional sports teams is a bad call for taxpayers in Virginia,” said AFP-VA Director JC Hernandez. “Stadium subsidies regularly prove to be bad investments, yet sports owners consistently turn to taxpayers for handouts. This proposal would be a home run for Virginia taxpayers and we thank Delegate Webert for his common sense proposal.”
“I was inspired to bring this model legislation to Virginia after hearing from grassroots activists across the Commonwealth that helped members of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors ward off, for the time being, a bad stadium deal that would’ve cost taxpayers upwards of $35 million,” said Delegate Michael Webert. “Extensive research conducted by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University indicates how bad these stadium subsidy deals are for taxpayers. I look forward to introducing this bill and working with my colleagues in the General Assembly to get it passed.”
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