Minnesota should move forward with soccer legislation

I am writing in regard to the article posted on April 1: “Not your average stadium debate: St. Paul soccer facility easily clears initial hurdles at Legislature.”

I am a major proponent of soccer and football around the globe. I value the sport and the culture surrounding the sport. Over 30 percent of American households contain someone who plays soccer; it is second to baseball. I think it is about time Minnesota moves forward with pro-soccer legislation in the support of the team’s plan. Offering tax breaks for the construction materials will make sure that this stadium can be built with no burden on the taxpayer.

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Comments (1)

  1. Submitted by Karen Cole on 04/07/2016 - 03:33 pm.

    Subsidizing a soccer stadium for millionaires

    Many people love soccer and want to see a Minnesota team. That’s great. Let’s have a soccer team and stadium. But there should be NO public subsidies. Small businesses do not get property tax breaks and breaks for construction materials. Why should millionaires who can afford to build their stadium and will profit from it? The letter says, “Offering tax breaks for the construction materials will make sure that this stadium can be built with no burden on the taxpayer.” Presumably the writer is saying that giving the construction material break will obviate the need for property tax relief. Why should there be either?

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