No Soliciting

Steven Gardner writes:

The Bainbridge Island Review has a story about state Sen. Phil Rockefeller, D-Bainbridge Island, considering legislation that could stop those who want state help in paying for entertainment venues. If not stop, then new rules to at least make the process tougher to begin with.

“We need a more disciplined approach in dealing with these folks,” he said. “We need ground rules.”

The first-term senator plans to review past projects that used public funds to build large venues for the Seattle Seahawks and Seattle Mariners, and to refurbish Key Arena for the Sonics a decade ago.

“We should look at these and make damn sure this process is not being abused and that we are at least breaking even,” he said.

Rockefeller believes the state’s gifts to corporations are unconstitutional and that businesses are finessing the rules to get what they want. Beyond that, there was lots of concern that NASCAR and the Sonics proposals took focus away from other things he and many others believed were more important.

Obviously, Lt. Gov. Brad Owen didn’t think so. Owen called the NASCAR legislation the most important project in his years of being in the Legislature, and he was around when the Legislature made its deal with Boeing, kept the Mariners from leaving and sent a Seahawks measure to voters.

Note: On another occasion I linked to a story published by the company that owns the Review. The link didn’t work for long. If this one doesn’t, use the search function on the Review’s front page to find the story.

12 thoughts on “No Soliciting

  1. Thank you for posting this article.

    My memory may not be the best but I sure as heck remember watching Big Phil testify in his committee that he was behind the Sonics proposal.

    No matter if you are an R or a D or even a fanatical D, at what point do you just stop the rhetoric and say this guy is a hypocritical liar? How he represents himself is laughable. I will take my hat off to him for picking the right district but he is pathetic at being a true politician.

  2. I can hardly believe the audacity of Senator Rockefeller.

    First he extends an invitation to ISC/NASCAR to come to Kitsap.

    Then he flip-flops on the issue based on this “corporate welfare” nonsense while getting ready to vote for the Sonics Arena because the prime sponsor is the chair of Ways and Means.

    Now he wants to get tough.

  3. Bronson,

    I’ve learned that 99 percent of the time a politican speaking he is lying. The other 1 percent is normally short phrases utilized to cover up those lies so it really isn’t considered talking.

  4. Thank you to Senator Rockerfeller and the anti-NASCAR crowd. Hate to beat a dead horse but this could of been us. (see below)

    Instead, I guess the money to run the local community will continue to come from the citizens. Isn’t it time for a another Boston Tea party?

    2007 NASCAR Weekend has huge impact in Las Vegas: There were many changes at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the past year, but one thing that didn’t change was the tremendous impact its NASCAR Weekend had on the Las Vegas economy. The 2007 event weekend, March 9-11, kept its place as one of the most lucrative on the city’s calendar. For the sixth consecutive year, the state’s largest sporting event saw an increase in its economic value on the Las Vegas community. This year’s event had an estimated economic impact of more than $198 million. That represents a slight increase from the $197 million impact from the 2006 NASCAR Weekend, according to figures released by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. The highlight of the 2007 event weekend was the debut of the Neon Garage. This new fan-interactive area located in the infield of the superspeedway drew 12,000 fans daily and has become one of the top fan attractions on the NASCAR circuit. The speedway also increased its banking from 12 to 20 degrees to produce more competitive racing, moved its pit road 275 feet closer to the grandstands and constructed a new media center. The study showed a significant increase in out-of-town visitors. According to the LVCVA, 114,450 people attended the event from outside Southern Nevada. That’s a 20.6 percent increase from the 94,875 in 2006. Figures released earlier this month showed a 3.3 percent increase in passenger traffic at McCarran International Airport in March of 2007 compared to 2006.(LVMS PR)(5-11-2007)

  5. John, Thanks for the post. I know…I was there, being a season ticket holder, and that is some of my money in those totals. No track here. That’s ok. I will continue to take all of my race vaction/tourist money and give it to other states. Washington’s new slogan for racing fans of any kind, Nothing to see here….move along.

  6. Did everyone see the massive budget hole that Kitsap County is in?

    At least our senior commissioner is Josh Brown. Surely he has the wisdom to guide the County through these difficult times.

  7. A big hole with no new sources for revenue on the horizon since our leadership has decided you have to win a popularity contest to do business here.

    I’m sorry, if Josh Brown can’t even handle his residency and voting paperwork accurately and legally, I have little faith he can handle something as complicated as the county budget.

  8. Or you could blame the majority of people who voted for their initiative. Are we splitting hairs here?

    Here’s a newsflash, the citizens of Washington would rather use sales tax as the primary revenue stream for both state and local government. That means developing new uses that generate sales.

    Kitsap County turned away the what would have been the state’s largest tourist attraction. Tourism is the 4th largest industry in Washington State, and the state should have taken a more serious look at the proposal.

    Everyone except for Mike Murphy thinks that the speedway is a positive net revenue generator for governments.

    As far as the traffic is concerned, it always makes me chuckle when I hear legislators complain about traffic 😉

  9. Kyle said-Kitsap County turned away the what would have been the state’s largest tourist attraction. Tourism is the 4th largest industry in Washington State, and the state should have taken a more serious look at the proposal.
    Care to verify those numbers?

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