Government-business partnerships are the bane of liberty, but some people in the Unicameral don’t seem to understand this. Several bills before the Revenue Committee today are aimed at enabling counties to set up special districts with tax authority to fund the building of “Entertainment and Sports Attractions”. They also want to let these districts get some of the revenue from cigarette taxes.
These bills are tailor-made for Sarpy County’s latest boondoggle. Wake up Sarpy County! Those who wish to ride you are trying to saddle you with a stadium, and they’re trying to get help from the Unicameral to do it.
The bills are LB615, 616, 617, and 618, introduced by Abbie Cornett of Bellevue. The hearing is today! If you have a senator on this committee, let them know what you think of this government-corporate cronyism.
Update 3/23/09: This a good summary of the hearing for these bills. There is some establishment opposition so they are not a done deal.