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Sunday, April 23, 2006

More stadium politics

Apparently, if you believe Lori Sturdevant, the reason that this legislative session seems to be such a good one for stadiums is because leaders think that they can erase the image of a "do-nothing legislature" in voters' minds by building stadiums. Steve Sviggum seems particularly attached to this notion: "But some folks don't think we've done anything until we've done something on stadiums. And saying no is not getting it done," he says.

Au contraire, Mr. Speaker. Saying no is getting it done. Which is exactly what the legislature should be doing when billionaire owners want a handout from the state. Or the county. Voters have far more pressing concerns than sports stadiums. Getting stuck in traffic, not having health care, worrying about their kids' schools, those kinds of things. Address those issues and maybe the "do-nothing" label will go away. Build stadiums for billionaires...well, I think you'll get another label. And it's not a good one.


At 10:21 AM, April 24, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe Speaker Swiggum was saying that they have been getting things done, however the perception is contrary because of issues like the stadium, which are highly visible symbols of legislative action. When the twins proposal gets voted down and returns every year, it gives the image that the legislature is in gridlock over the issue.


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