An item in President Barack Obama's 2016 budget proposal looks to end taxpayer-subsidized funding of sports stadiums
The item, which seeks to "repeal tax-exempt bond financing of professional sports facilities," would the end construction of new stadiums being funded by taxpayer-financed, tax-free bonds.
From USA Today:
In Wisconsin, Republican Gov. Scott Walker in January proposed funding a $470 million arena for the [Milwaukee] Bucks with the help of $220 million in state bonds as part of his budget plan.
Walker said that without a new arena, the Bucks would "likely leave Wisconsin in 2017, costing the state nearly $10 million per year in income tax collections alone."
A 2012 Bloomberg analysis found that 21 NFL teams play in stadiums that were built or renovated using tax-free public borrowing in the past 25 years.
- Molly Geary