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Progressive Groups Fight Proposed Stadium Tax

The battle over whether to raise hotel taxes to fund a new football stadium moves to the State Assembly today. (gaborfromHungary/morguefile)
The battle over whether to raise hotel taxes to fund a new football stadium moves to the State Assembly today. (gaborfromHungary/morguefile)
October 13, 2016

CARSON CITY, Nev. – The fight over a proposal to build a new football stadium with taxpayer dollars moves to the Nevada State Assembly today. Lawmakers are considering a plan to raise hotel room taxes to pay for a $750 million stadium in an effort to entice the Oakland Raiders to move to Las Vegas.

The state Senate passed the bill on Tuesday, after allowing very little time for members of the public to testify in opposition. Las Vegas County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani, who spoke at the hearing, said the project is an egregious case of misplaced priorities.

"The legislature did not adequately fund education and they haven't for years, and they have a $400 million shortfall right now,” Giunchigliani said. “They're not dealing with that, but going ahead and giving a billionaire $750 million in public subsidy."

Billionaire Sheldon Adelson, who runs the Sands Casino group, has argued that an NFL team would bring in 800,000 people and generate $620 million in economic activity per year.

But Giunchigliani said he sees it as a corporate giveaway, adding that no publicly-funded stadium in the country has been proven to actually benefit the public.

"There's no reason for this to be moving this fast,” she said. "I was in the Legislature for 16 years; this is politics at its worst. I've never seen this kind of 'ram and jam' in my time."

Any move by the Raiders to relocate would require approval from two-thirds of NFL owners, who are expected to meet in January.

Suzanne Potter, Public News Service - NV