It's back . Yay for us. We get to listen to doggie athletic department employees and alumni try to convince King County residents that it's actually a good idea to publicly fund two football stadiums that are six miles apart. Wouldn't it be nice to be SO arrogant and removed from reality that you actually think it makes sense to have taxpayers spend $150 million dollars on a second football stadium next to a football stadium that is considered among the best in the world and just seven years old?
Here's the current budget deficit for our state:
Washington State - Short 2.6 billion dollars for 2010 and 2011. Yes, that's 2.6 BILLION dollars.
King County- Short more than 100 million for 2010-2011.
Check out this quote: "Within two years King County will no longer be able to meet its mandates to keep King County residents healthy and safe," states a report from King County budget staff
City of Seattle- Short $70 million in 2009 and short $40 million in 2011
It's astounding that a second city football stadium is even part of the conversation in 2010….and yet it is. A bill has been referred to the House Finance Committee and it's being sponsored by Rep. Dave Quall . It's interesting to note that he represents parts of Skagit and Whatcom counties. If you are in this area (which includes Mt. Vernon) you should immediately call his office and let him know that you oppose any use of taxes to fund a second football stadium publicly. He's been in office since 1992 so it's not likely that he'll care what you have to say but it's worth a try. The hyperlink on his name has his office number in Mt. Vernon and Olympia.
The doggie strategy is clear this year and it's twofold:
1) Position the bill as a way to create jobs.
2) Get the funding conversation kicked over to King County legislators. It will be much easier to twist the arm of King County Councilpersons than State Representatives.
Just like we did last year, I've written a rude Q&A that shows just how foolish this effort is on the part of UW. They should be embarrassed and ashamed but it's painfully clear that they have no shame.
Hit the read more link for the UW argument and the logical response: