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Yet Another Sports Stadium In Houston—Thank You Taxpayers

Great news!—Houston is getting yet another stadium.

In case you did not feel that facilities built over the last decade for the baseball Astros, football Texans, and basketball Rockets were enough, now we will have a new stadium for the soccer Dynamo.

The pictures at the top and bottom of this post come from the Facebook page of Houston City Councilmember Stephen Costello.

In the center of the photo above is Mayor Annise Parker. She is wearing orange. Three people to the left is Houston U.S. Representative Sheila Jackson Lee.

I’m not certain who the other folks are. I suppose I could study the picture and maybe guess. But the bottom line is that they are the interchangeable municipal luminaries who back big-ticket projects in Houston year-after-year while rarely–if ever– mentioning that we have a 60% child poverty rate in Houston.

(Above–Some things never change. Painting is “Thumbs Down.” It is an 1872 work of Jean-Leon Gerome.)

The Dynamo stadium uses less public money than have the recent sports complexes in Houston. Though the city paid $15.5 million to buy the land where the stadium will be located, and the Dynamo will get sales tax “rebates” amounting to $3 million over the next 30 years. The City of Houston and Harris County have also committed $10 million each in taxpayer dollars towards the facility.

Taxpayer funds will be used even as we plead poor on services for the poor, education, honoring pension commitments, and keeping up our roads.

Claims of the economic benefits of stadiums are greatly exaggerated.

The sign below says “This your stadium.”

Sure.

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February 14, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , ,

4 Comments »

  1. It is really great that we – the common folk who have had a rough go of things financially lately – can still do a little something for the rich and for the powerful.

    Presumably, I’m still going to be charged to get into “my stadium”?

    Comment by Katydidknot | February 14, 2011

  2. Yes. You will be charged to enter your stadium. Then once inside you will be charged $8 for a beer and $5 for a hot dog.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | February 14, 2011

  3. Am I missing something? Isn’t this the cause of our structural budget deficit?

    http://www.texastribune.org/texas-taxes/2011-budget-shortfall/perry-keep-the-2009-business-tax-break/

    Comment by bogus info | February 16, 2011

  4. Yes–The business tax failure has a lot to do with our Texas state budget problems. Here in Houston and Harris County, I’m not asserting that stadiums have put us in the red. I’m saying that they are indicative of mistaken priorities and of resources that could be used in another fashion.

    Thanks for your comment.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | February 16, 2011


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