The Miami Herald‘s Marc Caputo reposted the op-ed by State Representatives Carlos Trujillo and Michael Bileca, who have been targeted by Miami Dolphins owner Steven Ross for opposing the team’s publicly financed stadium plans.
In sum, the two Miami legislators Ross blitz the tycoon for his part in engineering dishonest political attacks against legislators who defended South Florida taxpayers last session in denying (as the public already had) Ross’ request for free taxpayer money.
“As elected representatives for the families of South Florida, our focus is, and will remain, protecting families’ hard-earned tax dollars and improving the quality of life in our state,” they wrote. “As fans of NFL football — especially the Miami Dolphins — we always want to see our team excel, but given the choice between providing funding for priorities important to middle-class families like public schools and transportation or raising taxes to subsidize the Miami Dolphins’ stadium renovations, we choose families. Ross is free to spend his personal fortune on political attack ads if he wishes, but if he instead invested some of his wealth on the stadium he owns, perhaps he wouldn’t have to try to bully South Florida families into giving him more of their hard-earned tax dollars.”