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Upthegrove Statement on Safeco Funding

Summary

The decision to give $135 million in taxpayer funds to benefit the Mariners Corporation represents everything wrong with politics in America today.

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King County Councilmember Dave Upthegrove is releasing the following statement regarding today’s 5-4 vote to direct $135 million public tax dollars to Safeco Field.

"The decision to give $135 million in taxpayer funds to benefit the Mariners Corporation represents everything wrong with politics in America today. A small group of millionaire business owners prevailed over the public good.

"The Mariners are a very profitable private business that can and should pay their own expenses. The only result of this misguided decision is that a small group of wealthy business owners will now make an additional $135 million in profit. In doing so, the people lose $135 million that could have been spent on tourism promotion, housing, or other critical public services."

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