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10 News also questioned Sternberg about the likelihood of drawing 30,000 fans regularly when several playoff teams with new stadiums failed to draw 30,000 fans per game this year.
“I believe in baseball,” Sternberg responded, before looking for the next question.
several playoff teams with new stadiums failed to draw 30,000 fans per game this year
I hate all the BS that goes with new-stadium demands, but MLB is doing what most businesses do: showing concern about their lowest-performing location/franchise/product/market.
Both Bass Pro Shops and its archrival, Cabela’s, sell hunting and fishing gear in cathedral-like stores featuring taxidermied wildlife, gigantic fresh-water aquarium exhibits and elaborate outdoor reproductions within the stores. The stores are billed as job generators by both companies when they are fishing for development dollars. But the firms’ economic benefits are minimal and costs to taxpayers are great.
An exhaustive investigation conducted by the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity found that the two competing firms together have received or are promised more than $2.2 billion from American taxpayers over the past 15 years.
Over the past three years, more than 3,000 jobs have jumped the border from Missouri to Kansas, and more than 2,500 jobs have gone the other way to Missouri. A big cross-border incentive has been a program offered by both states that allows companies bringing “new jobs” to keep their employee state income tax for up to 10 years.
The Good Jobs report called it “fraudulent” to describe those existing jobs as “new jobs.” That’s particularly true in our area where companies move their offices sometimes by only a mile or two while their employees continue to live and spend their money where they always have.
In three years, Missouri and Kansas combined have let companies targeted for poaching keep $191 million in income taxes that otherwise would flow to their coffers, according to an estimate in December by Bill Hall, president of the Hall Family Foundation.
...he said he needs to draw 30,000 fans a year...
I'm confused. 30,000 fans per year? Should that be per game?
Thanks, deMause, now I have PaRappa the Rapper songs in my head.
The tax incentive is especially perverse in metros that cross state-lines like Kansas City. We have Topeka battling Jefferson City in who can attract more "jobs", but all its doing is just changing where people have to commute in the metro area, while eroding the tax base.
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