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  •  Actually, the Packers got a sales tax. (2+ / 0-)

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    The people of Brown County (where Green Bay is located) passed a 0.5% sales tax to help fund the renovation of the stadium in 1990.  To this were added seat-license fees and a stock split/offering of shares in the Packers.  (The Packers is a corporation owned by 112,000 of its fans, with strict rules in its charter to prevent the team's sale or transfer.)  

    "Politics should be the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free people and who would preserve what is good and fruitful in our national heritage." -- Lucille Ball

    by Yamaneko2 on Fri Jul 26, 2013 at 01:16:10 PM PDT

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    •  Yeah, 1990 would be about the time I stopped... (1+ / 0-)
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      But I have no problem with a sales tax if the people there voted for it.  At least they have a team that won't be holding them hostage every 15 years for another billion dollar stadium with a threat of moving if they don't get it.  

      •  If anything, the NFL is to blame. (0+ / 0-)

        The NFL complaind that Lambeau stadium was getting old.  The cynic in me thinks that the NFL is not happy that there is one football team not in the hold of a fantastically rich individual and that is inseparable from a fairly small city.

        "Politics should be the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free people and who would preserve what is good and fruitful in our national heritage." -- Lucille Ball

        by Yamaneko2 on Sun Jul 28, 2013 at 10:10:08 PM PDT

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