Taxpayers Against Buffalo Bills Subsidy
by Paul Wolf - posted 1:06 am, June 25, 2014
Corporate welfare is an issue that annoys me to no end. Politicians routinely provide tax dollars to wealthy individuals and companies on false promises and inflated results so they have ribbons to cut and access to campaign cash as a return favor.
I enjoy watching football but one of the worst forms of corporate welfare is providing tax dollars to subsidize billionaire football team owners. Soon the Buffalo Bills will have a new billionaire owner with his hand out demanding tax dollars. I know I am not the only one fed up with tax dollars being used for such purposes.
In an effort to draw more attention to this issue I have created a site for a group called Taxpayers Against Buffalo Bills Subsidy, which you can check out at www.nosubsidy.com.
Recently Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz stated in a Buffalo News article that he has been surprised by the public’s apparent unwillingness to pay higher taxes in order to keep the Bills here.
“Almost everyone I talk to [says], ‘I want the Bills to stay here, but I’m not willing to basically bankrupt the community to do it,’ ”
Check out the web site and sign the petition against using tax dollars to subsidize a new stadium or Buffalo Bills operations. Maybe if enough people get on board our area politicians will not spend hundreds of millions of tax dollars on football.