RICHMOND, VA – Americans for Prosperity-Virginia (AFP-VA) today renewed its call to end stadium subsidies in Virginia.
The grassroots group urged the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors to reject using taxpayer dollars to construct a new D.C. United soccer stadium in the county. New reporting suggests that the soccer club and Loudoun County supervisors have tentatively agreed to construct a new 5,000-seat stadium for the soccer club’s second-division team.
The grassroots organization also urged the House of Delegates to support legislation that will be introduced by Delegate Michael Webert in the General Assembly’s 2018 session that calls on states to enact legislation that would prohibit all taxpayer financing of professional sports stadiums. Delegate Webert has been a leader in a national movement for states legislators to work together and pass legislation banning subsidies for professional sports stadiums, and legislation has already been introduced in multiple other states.
AFP-VA has long opposed using taxpayer money to build sports stadiums, most recently in Prince William County.
“Stadium subsidies are a bad call for Virginia taxpayers. It’s tempting to think these stadiums would be an economic boon to our communities, but history shows that the costs of constructing stadiums often outweigh any of the economic benefits, leaving taxpayers on the hook,” said AFP-VA State Director JC Hernandez. “Instead of paying for these stadiums themselves, team owners continue to rely on taxpayer handouts, all throughout the state. That’s why we support Del. Webert’s legislation to end taxpayer financing of professional sports stadiums. Stadium subsidies are a form of corporate welfare that gives special interests certain advantages at the expense of taxpayers.”
For further information or an interview, reach Lorenz Isidro at LIsidro@afphq.org or (703) 887-7724.
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