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Endorsements for Yes on Initiative I-91!
The League of Women Voters
King County Democratic Central Committee
SEIU Local 775, the long term care workers union
43rd District Democrats
36th District Democrats
Speaker of the House Frank Chopp
Seattle City Council President Nick Licata
24,000 Initiative 91 signers, and many others.....
Opposition to House Bill 3233 and Senate Bill 6849
The following individuals, groups, media commentators, companies or elected officials indicated opposition to tax subsidies for rebuilding Key Arena, specifically the proposed extension of the restaurant sales tax, the hotel/motel tax, and the diversion of King County sales taxes called for in House Bill 3233 and Senate Bill 6849.
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36th District Democratic Party Organization, representing the Legislative District including Key Arena. Key Arena/Sonics Stadium Resolution.
Metropolitan Democratic Club of Seattle
SEIU 775, Washington State’s Long Term Care Union
Washington Association of Churches
Washington State Hotel & Lodging Association
Washington State Restaurant Association
John Ahern, State Representative
Sherry Appleton, State Representative
Mark Baerwaldt, Co-Chair, Citizens for More Important Things; Private Investor
Gail Chiarello, Treasurer, 46th District Democrats
Shaiza Damji, Vice President & General Counsel, Northgate Hotels
Darlene Fairley, State Senator
Maggie Fimia, Shoreline City Council
Ken Jacobsen, State Senator
Nick Licata, Member & President, Seattle City Council
Linda A. Massey
David Meinert, Fuzed Music
Rich Morrisey, Shoreline
Phil Rockefeller, State Senator, Majority Assistant Floor Leader
Jan Simon, CEO, Washington State Hotel & Lodging Association
Dean Takko, State Representative
Chris Van Dyk, Co-Chair, Citizens for More Important Things; Principal Owner, Bainbridge Media Group
Jeanne Van Dyk
Alice Woldt, former Chair, King County Democrats
Beverly Wood, State Representative
If taxpayers (or their legislators) give away tax revenues to subsidize professional sports, where is the marketplace discipline on costs (viz. players' salaries) that the rest of us face every day? If Schultz (or any pro-sports owner) wants public money to ease their way, perhaps the public should enjoy a share of the profits when they come.
The state should also have its eyes wide open to the possibility the Sonics could use a tax extension to play Seattle against Bellevue. It's quite possible that, with Belltown, lower Queen Anne and south Lake Union becoming more densely populated, Seattle Center needs open space more than it does yet-another version of KeyArena.
The Seattle SuperSonics ought to swap their funding proposal to renovate KeyArena for a realistic plan that has more investment from team owners....
It should be easy for legislators to reject this bill. Not only does it create a new tax — the extension of a tax set to expire is the same as a new tax — it changes the relationship between the Sonics, the Seattle Center and Seattle. All funds from the tax will be collected and distributed by King County. KeyArena belongs to Seattle and its future should be determined by the city and its long-time tenant.