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Here We Go AGAIN: Governor McAuliffe Says: Can’t Lose the Squirrels/Need New Stadium! Taxpayers WATCH OUT!

I heard this on the radio (I listen to John Fredericks almost every AM on my way to work) and I realized:  Taxpayers watch out!

Gov. McAuliffe makes pitch to keep the Flying Squirrels in Richmond

Here is the WRIC report and the summary is:  Some sort of new stadium deal is in the works AGAIN!

“We need a new ballpark,” he [Governor McAuliffe] said. “We’re Richmond. We cannot lose the Squirrels. How do you lose a ball team? Is that a good message?”

Well, the leaders of the Commonwealth won’t ask me to attend but let me say:  I hope we can keep the Squirrels, too.  But at what cost to the taxpayers?  It sounds like the bike race nonsense all over again.  I would rather lose the Squirrels than end up with a bad deal for the next 30 years or so.

If the Squirrels are serious about staying in town and want a new stadium – newsflash:  Let THEM finance the stadium!  Now there can be some help from others who might use the stadium – concerts, VCU and UR baseball, special events.  Maybe even a special tax on the tickets.  BUT none of the bike race stuff – do not let the taxpayers finance the stadium (we’ll pay double what it is worth) and make the Squirrels put some skin in the game – or nuts if you prefer – because we could build the stadium and we could still lose the Squirrels.

But no taxpayer-funded stadium in Richmond!  That’s my final answer…and it should be yours, too.  Tell your local leaders and make it count.

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood “Sandy” Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia’s first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

One Response to “Here We Go AGAIN: Governor McAuliffe Says: Can’t Lose the Squirrels/Need New Stadium! Taxpayers WATCH OUT!”

  1. robert shannon says:

    ” Look at what we are doing for you” the typical self promotion we see elected officials engaging in at every level of government.

    I hope the baseball team stays here, I attend games each season with my kids and grandkids. That said I will drive to Norfolk or Northern Virginia before I support a single dime of tax dollars going to any inducement to keep them here.

    The U.S didn’t accrue 18 trillion in debt overnight, it was one bad idea after another over a long period of time.

    This is another one, albeit at the state/local level. If the market exists for a minor league baseball team in Richmond, if the fan base is large enough that private investors think they can get a decent return on their investing in keeping the team here–GREAT, and if not, then so be it.

    Bob Shannon King WIlliam

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    Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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