Americans for Prosperity condemns passage of sports stadium funding bill

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Conservative activist group Americans for Prosperity expressed disappointment with the new approval process for professional sports stadium projects, as the measure heads to Gov. Rick Scott’s desk.

Abbie MacIver, AFP Florida Director of Policy, issued a statement in response to today’s passage of H.B. 7095, which will provide millions of dollars to professional sports teams for stadium construction and renovation.

“I’m hugely disappointed in today’s passage of HB 7095,” MacIver said. “Today the Florida Legislature gave away millions of taxpayer’s dollars to sports franchise owners rather than returning it to Floridians that could really use the money.

“Rest assured that AFP will educate the constituents of these elected officials about this vote.”

HB 7095 creates an annual pool of up to $13 million for stadium projects, including $6 million set aside for potential allocation later this year by the Legislative Budget Commission. Both House and Senate members comprise the Commission.

MacIver added that AFP, the conservative/libertarian issue advocacy group founded by billionaire political activist brothers Charles and David Koch, would remember how each legislator voted on the issue, and act accordingly.

“Twenty-seven Representatives and four Senators stood for economic freedom and fiscal responsibility by voting against the bill,” she said. “The vote will be included on AFP-FL’s 2014 Economic Freedom Scorecard.”

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